Spirituality could mean anything

So what does it mean to you?

I recently began communicating with a woman, and pretty early on, I asked her to describe her spirituality. Here’s her response.

I’m a very spiritual person. I believe in God and in some of the values and morals of the Christian faith. I don’t really attend church as much as I would like but I haven’t quite found the church or the environment in which I’m happy with. I don’t believe in going to church just to be going or the sake of going, if the people aren’t positive then so goes the environment and your positive energy. I believe in prayer, the spirits who guide us, astrology, horoscope and that our life’s map is in our hands (palm). I think with the world in our way with the superficial, globalization, fundamentalism fear, cheating, and other negative things in our lives our maps and purposes have been blocked.

I didn’t really know how to respond to this. It was immediately apparent to me that this woman wasn’t really a Christian, and didn’t even seem to have much interest in God. So I thought the best way to approach it is to lay out my own spirituality in the hope she might somehow see the difference and gain some hunger. It was harder than I thought.

Here’s what I wrote:

I believe the Bible and consider it to be the strongest source of truth in the universe.  I am hopelessly lost without Jesus’s sacrifice for me as it not only paid the debt of my sin but restored a broken relationship with God, The point of our lives is to give glory and worship to the God who created us, and I desire to say “thank you” to God in that worship, which can be absolutely anything I create and do, but at the core, it must be to God and for God and not for myself.  I reject my desire for personal security and comfort for the paths God has called me to walk on, even if it leads to suffering I cannot presently imagine.  How can I lose what I cannot keep anyway?  I am learning to trust God more completely, even when things don’t make sense and my flesh screams out for another way.  Because I know He is worthy of everything, including my trust even when I don’t feel it.

I found this to be rather checking. I’m not certain how much I’m living up to this. I want to, but my flesh still wins a lot.

I chose to publish this for two reasons. One is that you’ll consider how you’d define your spirituality (if it exists).  And the second is how well are you living it?

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4 thoughts on “Spirituality could mean anything

  1. Spirituality can be defined so broadly, that I don’t really think as much in those terms. I don’t disagree with your definition, but providing an explanation of my own would be difficult without narrowing the focus a bit.

  2. If I were to try to drastically summarize my spirituality (which is very hard to do), it would probably look something like this:

    1. Because I believe there is a Creator who created all of this for himself, my life should be lived fully for Him and no one else, not even myself.
    2. Instead, I regularly choose my own desires at His expense.
    3. This has put me at odds with my Creator, especially because I believe He has revealed His will for my life explicitly through His interactions with humanity, along with the clear consequences for disobeying His will. The Christian Bible is the faithful documentation of all of this throughout the ages up until the time period God provided humanity a way of freedom from the consequences.
    4. In this age of history we currently live in, God has provided a way for us to resubmit ourselves to God. This is God’s only way, and that way is also spelled out in the Christian Bible. This isn’t a right of ours, but a privilege God has graciously chosen to offer us. All other attempts at making things right between us and the Creator are merely human attempts, as noble as they may seem to us. We must do this God’s way, or we really haven’t come to the place of acknowledging our place in the universe.
    5. We can either take advantage of this opportunity and return to our rightful place in God’s creation, or God will be left with no choice but to permanently remove us from His creation, since we will have chosen to have no part in His colossal renewal of creation.

    OK, so that’s my initial attempt to summarize. In some ways, it’s too long–in other ways, it’s oversimplified.

  3. OK, also add this:

    6. When we return to our rightful place in God’s creation, our relationship with God is no longer at odds, and we can once again experience fellowship with our Creator. This rightfully becomes the number one thing that humanity desires and cherishes once it is restored.

    I won’t add anything else, no matter how tempted I am to do so…

  4. I think you did well describing the story of the Bible and how we fit into it. However, I look at the phrase “my spirituality” as relating to my attitudes and actions more than just my beliefs, though the beliefs are the foundation. In my own answer, I started with that foundation and then went from there.

    Perhaps the question could be better phrased: “How are you spiritual?”

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