Eugene Peterson makes the point that the “God-breathed life” that we seek is available to all. It’s not restricted to a certain class or temperament. “The God-breathed life is common, it is totally accessible across the whole spectrum of the human condition.”

Peterson examines the stories of Nicodemus and the Woman at the well in John.

“A man and a woman.
City and country.
An insider and an outsider.
A professional and a layperson.
A respectable man and a disreputable woman.
An orthodox and a heretic.
One who takes initiative; one who lets it be taken.
One named, the other anonymous.
Human reputation at risk; divine reputation at risk.”

Peterson concludes,
“spirituality is not a body of secret lore,
spirituality has nothing to do with aptitude or temperament,
spirituality is not primarily about you or me; it is not about personal power of
enrichment. It is about God.”