Let me suggest to you that holiness is not what you think it is. In theological
terms we talk about holiness as being 'set apart'--set apart for God.
Even that, however, is a misunderstanding of the word. The actual root
word is hool with "w" placed at the beginning, and it literally
means whole. The simple duty of us all becomes
nothing more, nothing less than becoming whole. Holiness is the process
by which we integrate the loose threads of our life into a whole tapestry
of beauty and divine grace. This is a creative task for the entirety
of our lives. The Good News is that we can set aside all the to-do lists
of things that we think are required for
reaching some standard of moral and spiritual perfection, and open ourselves
instead to the invitation and creative possibility of becoming whole
Real: Why Would You Want to be Holy?"
an excerpt by Renée Miller
the text in its entirety.