Cashier at the grocery store: “Are you a nurse?”
“No, I’m not…why do you ask?”
“Oh because you eat so healthy.”
I do try to eat healthy foods, and that day in my shopping cart I had tofu, eggs, bok choy, broccoli, corn on the cob, bananas, peaches, pomegranate juice. It did look healthy, apart from the one package of Ichiban instant noodles (highly processed, I know, but still an occasional comfort food, and hey, at least I was going to eat it with the bok choy).
The cashier’s comment got me thinking though about what makes for a healthy spiritual diet. Are there some basic spiritual food groups? Are there some things we need to avoid?
In an early issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, I wrote an article on “Christian Spirituality: Following the Way of Jesus,” and suggested 4 questions that could help point the way to a healthy spirituality (slightly rephrased here):
“(1) Does this experience or practice draw us into a deeper and more personal relationship with God?
(2) Does this experience or practice draw us to prayer and Scripture? Does it result in right actions, integrity, good works?
(3) Is this experience or practice grounded in love for God and neighbour?
(4) Does this experience or practice lead us to Christ?”
Your turn: What does healthy spirituality look like to you?