Countdown: Day 12

On March 15, Naked Spirituality will go on sale. I’ll share a short quote from the book each day until then. I hope you’ll tweet or otherwise pass on the ones you find most meaningful.

Once I invited Carlos to speak at a weekend retreat for the leaders of the church I served. I won’t go into the practical jokes that we played on each other that weekend, even though they were pretty funny and involved rubber snakes and showers. During a serious moment on the retreat, he said something to our little group that has stayed with me ever since. ‘A secret to the spiritual life,’ he said, ‘is desiring to actually be more spiritual than you appear to be.’ Then he added, ‘The secret to hypocrisy is desiring to appear more spiritual than you actually are.’ (Brian D. McLaren, Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in Twelve Simple Words. HarperOne, 2011, Chapter 9)