In church, I became active in a leadership role at age 16. At age 19 I was asked to consider a pastoral position with a small, rural congregation with a long history of service to the community. At age 24, after recently leaving a position of leadership with a fellowship of 10 churches, I planted a church in a state out west. Then, my life took a turn as I pursued graduate degrees and a new career.
At a certain point, I began a lengthy time of "reflection" on my past work in organized religion; and I began an immersion into my deeper held beliefs and desire for actual spiritual experiences. Plainly speaking, I had concluded that I needed less talk about my spiritual life and, instead, needed to primarily focus on mining for meaningful experiences.
The results of these efforts?
Living life is my "religion".