Real Life Spirituality

by Tim Chester from The Resurgence Blog

What images do spirituality or spiritual activity conjure in your mind? I guess many people think of praying alone away from the noise of the family, or sitting in contemplation on retreat in a rural place. It’s about what I do alone, rather than what I do with other people. Spirituality has come to be about solitude, calm, silence.

In reality, though, this is spirituality for the well-off. It’s only for those who can afford to go on retreat or have space in their home where they can be quiet. It won’t work for the single mother in a small apartment. It won’t work for the migrant worker who goes to work at six in the morning. It’s not urban spirituality. And it’s not biblical spirituality

Biblical spirituality is about:

* Bible meditation, not mystical silence

* Passionate engagement, not rural retreat

* Growing together, not individual solitude

In other words, biblical spirituality, at its core, is about the word of God, the mission of God, and the community of God.


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  1. Jesse

    I would definitely agree with what he’s saying, but i still think it’s important that we find time throughout our day and/or week to spend time alone with God in silence. Sure this is more difficult for the migrant worker or the single mother… but not impossible. If the have a hard time finding the time, PRAY. It is difficult to impossible to develop some aspects of the closeness to God that everyone should desire and strive to achieve, without spending time alone with Him in personal devotions.

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