…more spiritual than others…REALLY?

I was listening to an interview recently and the person being interviewed talked about how some people are more spiritual than others.  I am not sure this is true and I think it gives most folks a bum rap.

It seems to me that we all question our own spirituality a lot…perhaps constantly.  We compare ourselves to others.  A person might talk about their prayer life and we say to ourselves, I don’t pray enough.  Someone else may obviously study the Bible and we jump all over ourselves because we don’t read the Bible everyday like them.

spir·i·tu·al·i·ty  noun \ˌspir-i-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\

  1. something that in ecclesiastical law belongs to the church or to a cleric as such
  2. sensitivity or attachment to religious values
  3. the quality or state of being spiritual

This is how Miriam Webster defines spirituality.  Kind of ambiguous if you ask me.   I am just not sure how helpful these definitions are as we examine a person’s spirituality.

So, if I may, let’s break it down.  Let’s go back to the beginning and talk about this bum rap some more.  You see, I believe that this spirit thing is individual.  What one person finds spiritual another may not.

As I began to write down my thoughts on this topic, I started to go to the complex.  I was listing examples of spirituality.  I had a couple of stories to illustrate my point and they clearly did.  They made me look right.  And…I discovered that I had fallen into this same trap as the person on the radio.

So here is my definition of spirituality…

spir·i·tu·al·i·ty  noun \ˌspir-i-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\

  1. that time when you hit the pause button in life and think about the greater and how the greater is part of the lesser

Admittedly, there is ambiguity in my definition as well.  It is on purpose because it lets you choose.

Things like prayer and reading God’s Word are important, but not essential elements to spirituality.  They add to it and enrich it.  Sharing your spirituality with others in the context of learning through others experiences, this adds to and enriches your own spirituality.

Do you yearn for a spiritual life?  It is not as hard as some would like you to believe.  Meet yourself where you are, be happy and grateful about getting to that place and only then, decide what is next for you to grow in your own spiritual life, not what someone else tries to decide for you.

So, to the learned individuals from the radio program, I propose that we are all equally as spiritual and it is because one of God’s gifts is, our individuality and the undeniable blessing that God meets us where we are.

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