“Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality, not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws, but because we let go of seeking perfection and instead seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives. Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God’s being present in the mess of our unfixedness.”
These words by Mike Yaconelli contrast many of the unconscious ideas we hold dear about our spirituality. The truths he brings out…that it’s not about making the Christian life “work”; we don’t get it all together and then get right with God; it’s not about shoring up our behavior to attain some kind of acceptable standard; that the goal is not perfection for which we must incessantly strive (and yet never attain); all that matters if we are in control of our spiritual reality, but we are not. Christian spirituality is about being awake to the Presence of God in the place we find ourselves today and connecting with in such a way that we are transformed from the inside out.