For example, do you ever have any of these ideas about it? Spirituality is the rare trait of the sensitive few. Spiritual people don't get their hands dirty with the stuff of ordinary life. The occasional saint who achieves spirituality wouldn't fit into my world. I wish I could withdraw from the rough-and-tumble, down-and-dirty life of earning a living, mowing the grass, and paying bills to pursue spirituality.
Wrong-headed. Inaccurate. Illogical. Misguided. Just plain false! Every one of those common ideas about being a spiritual person is not only wrong but effectively undermines that desirable way of life.
Who is the model of a truly spiritual life? I'll presume to speak for you and offer the name Jesus of Nazareth. Did he live in a desert monastery? Build a retreat center in the mountains? Sit silently in the middle of a subdued crowd? Protect himself from ordinary people and routine life? You know better.
Jesus went to dinner parties and weddings. He told stories that prove he was a keen observer of such routine things as sweeping a house, planting seed, tending animals, and fishing. He had conversations with people as he traveled and ate. He cooked breakfast for his friends. He cried at funerals.
Being spiritual or Christian or holy is not — when understood correctly — taking up a new occupation in a new place. It is living your old occupation in the old place but with new purpose now. "Newness of life" for God's people is the reorientation of all the details of working, talking, befriending, and living to Jesus. Seeing them as participation with God in history. Honoring him in the ordinary.
The worst thing for any of us is to think that "being spiritual" is some invisible, unearthly, ethereal quality of life reserved for an elite class. I fear some of us see being spiritual as being less than truly human.
Jesus was God among us. And the hardest thing for me to grasp about him is not that he was truly God, but that he was truly human. He sweated. Got belly aches and tired feet. Laughed and cried. Got mad. And the awe generated by his occasional miracles was directly related to the ordinariness of their setting.
You are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God's holy nation, his very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Peter 2:9)