When writing about spirituality, I much prefer to write about the fruits of the spirit than the subject of spirituality itself. I believe that each person’s spirituality is totally unique for each of us. Yet however we practice our spirituality, the fruits of the spirit will be reflected in our personality. If there are no fruits revealed, I question if the person is surrendering his/her will and life to the care of a God of his/her understanding.
One of the guiding principles of AA is that each member is taught to “not take someone else’s inventory”. In other words, The AA member is taught to take his/her own “inventory”. In continuing to blame others for our behavior, we are not checking our own motives. So, if we are truly committed to being changed, we begin the long road to self-discovery by learning to keep our side of the road clean. (In a side note to this, I have to confess that my favorite T-shirt of all times was for sale at an AA convention, and the slogan was: “Go ahead and take my inventory because I’ve already taken yours.”)
The fruits of the spirit are the heart of human change by a relationship with the God of his/her experience. From bible-knowledge.com, the fruits are listed:
Here are the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit listed one right after the other in a bullet point format:
Now here is the specific verse from Scripture where these 9 fruits are being given to us by the Lord:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)
- Paul Describes the Spirit’s Fruit (with links to specific fruit)
- Other Passages Which Bear Fruit
- What Is the Fruit of the Spirit?
- Reconciliation and Unity
The first quality I want to provide links for is creativity. I believe creativity to be the source for being joyful and happy. It is the place where we get to “play” and is the source of “flow” as I understand it to be.