Do-It-Yourself Spirituality

Joel J. Miller:

“In traditional Christian practice, there is no DIY, no self-made spirituality. Spiritual practices and disciplines are more like gifts that we receive from brothers and sisters who precede us and travel with us. They help us use them, counsel and guide us.
A full and well-rounded spirituality cannot be a self-directed spirituality. Despite how it might look, such a pursuit will be almost definitionally narrow and fraught with delusion, not enlightenment.”

The logical next question has been banging around for decades: what are valid sources of spiritual authority, and how do we prioritize their influences in our lives? Scripture, tradition, other believers, and conscience are all common authority sources. How God uses those figures to lead us is the question of the day.