What is Spirituality?
Spirituality is the immediate result of your
commitment to walk The Way. You may do certain things that will help you
develop and maintain your spirituality like to study Scripture, meditate and
attend church. It is not only a state of mind; it is also the result of your
thinking. It is your attitude. Your spirituality will reflect immediately in
your lifestyle, habits and thinking. The way you treat people will reflect
the state of your spirituality. In other words, your actions reflect the
relationship you have with God. This is spirituality.
The Saviour teaches us to be frugal, ascetic and to
be good stewards over our God given gifts. Nothing is really ours, we are at
most the appointed stewards of the Creator=s gifts and if we neglect that
duty we should expect to be replaced by more worthy servants. We should
enjoy our gifts and we should share its joys with others but we may not
think of ourselves as the creators or owners of the happiness.
One can write quite a number of books on this
topic, so we should find a succinct way to say much about this fascinating
concept. Here are some common sense discussions that can serve to get the
While it is good and often necessary to buy an
expensive vehicle it is never to be excused if the vehicle of choice is
exorbitantly expensive. Not to compare oneself to the norm, the norm is
often quite sick, but to compare the expense against what the excess money
could buy in terms of alleviating need among the less fortunate. Lets put it
this way. If car A-Lux costs $ 30 000 and is a major ego pusher, and car
D-Standard costs $20 000 but is less of an ego booster, and is as reliable a
vehicle than the other, then we are overspending by $10 000. This would be
OK if the $10 000 was a negligible amount but in this case it is not. That
money can run many a welfare organization in India for a year, reaching
hundreds of very needy people. $10 000 is enough money to put at least 2
third world children through 12 years of school and into a BA degree
program. Alternatively that money is good to feed 328 starving children for
one whole year. Meaning, if you can spare $30, you can help feed an
otherwise starving child in Africa for a whole year!
During 1998 Mr. Bill Gates, Executive Director of
Microsoft Corporation, donated the equivalent of South Africa=s combined
Policing and Defense budget to welfare, in his private capacity. Time
Magazine did not neglect to make a snide remark about the tax break Mr.
Gates bought with this gift, as if Time Warner does so much for welfare. But
the materialistic criticism is good for Mr. Gates because he is not getting
his reward here on earth in the form of major public recognition, since it
is fashionable to regard the man as an evil, but the Ultimate Operating
System in the sky will reward him.
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