I am working on a Spirituality Assessment to take each of our kids through. It is intended to be an instrument to help us find out where youth are as they enter our care.
Then, yesterday, a colleague had a conversation with one of our youth. This youth had no idea how to answer the question: “Describe your spirituality.”
In the context of the alleged increase in the “spiritual but not religious” category of self-identification, what does it tell us that people cannot even identify what spirituality is?
The youth who had no words to describe his own spirituality had asked for help in learning about the bible. It seems this youth’s social worker, a person he really respects, seems to quote the bible with ease. As a result, this student wants to learn how to do the same.
I think that what this youth really wants is the peace, composure, and maturity he sees in the social worker. I think he wants these things more than the ability to quote scripture.
However, learning scripture well enough to quote it the way the social worker does is probably a good thing. Whether or not this young man ever learns how to describe his spirituality, becoming more like this social worker is a goal worth pursuing.
In so doing, I have no doubt he will be deepening or strengthening his own spirituality.