Last month I saw some information online about a survey about spirituality. I clicked on the link to check it out and ended up signing up to be a part of their survey, and in the process to learn some things about my own spirituality. For 2 weeks I received a survey via text twice a day at different times.
From the beginning it was an interesting experience. Just as I found while I was participating in the 100 days of happiness challenge, I was surprised at what I found when I was measuring different aspects of my spirituality multiple times each day. One of the questions was always how close did I feel to God in that moment. Many times I didn’t “feel” close to God at all, though I was able to always answer that I trusted that He has a plan for me and loves me. On the other hand I was always able to answer high about feeling God’s love for me through creation, because that is something that is so consistent in my life.
I was also interested to see that what I listened to while I was in the car made a big difference in how close I felt to God. I’m not in the car for big stretches of time here in Oregon—more like 10 or 15 minutes total. But I found that while my brain was usually interested in listening to what was on NPR, my heart/spirit was always impacted positively when I listened to Christian radio. I did this a lot in the first (sad) year that I was in Oregon and I was surprised at the comfort I felt from what I heard. Once again I was surprised at what a difference 10 minutes of Christian radio could make. The words of the songs were often inspirational to me, and the on-air conversation was also meaningful. One day there was a scripture verse read from a non-KJV version of the bible that was so beautiful that I thought about it off and on for the rest of the day.
When the two weeks was done I kind of missed my little spiritual checkup every day. And it made me resolve to work more on doing the little things that make a big difference.
Just in case you’re interested, you can sign up at http://www.soulpulse.org/. Enjoy!