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?