In 1937, John A. Widtsoe presented the following test as a measure of spirituality. I really like what he says:
Spirituality in man or woman may be recognized by simple tests, of which the three following are of major importance:
The spiritual person renders intelligent obedience to the requirements of the Gospel. There is no quibbling about this principle or resistance to that practice. Whatever has been revealed to and accepted by the Church becomes binding upon the person. The spiritually-minded person chooses to render obedience because he understands the principle or practice involved. True obedience is never blind. Such obedience is a direct approach to the Lord’s favor.
Spirituality rests upon a surrender to the divine purpose. Therefore, another test, closely akin to the first, is the willingness to sacrifice for the cause of the Lord. Does a man when called upon to do so give of his time, strength, talents and means, for the advancement of the Gospel cause? Readiness to render such service, unpaid and unrewarded in material ways, is a fine test of spirituality.
There is yet another test, the greatest one. Spirituality begets love. The spiritual man loves the latter-day cause of the Lord; he loves the Gospel; he loves the Church, which is the conservator of the Gospel; he loves those who are called into any office to serve the cause; he loves his fellow men. His love is expressed in the good words he speaks of the cause and men, in his steady support of them, in service for them. True love does not dwell on externals, on faults; it looks into the heart of the loved one, and sees goodness and virtue there. He who loves, is not and can not be a faultfinder. Spirituality leads to love and loving words.
(John A. Widtsoe, Program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Salt Lake City: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1937], 64 – 65.)
So, given these criteria, can blogging be spiritual?
Is blogging currently spiritual for you?
What can we do to make blogging more spiritual?