Crafting a Rule of Life

Monday, September 2, 2019

Did you know that spiritual transformation doesn't happen by accident?

Crazy, right? So why do I often live my life as though it does?

This question has been especially present on my mind these last few weeks because I've failed miserably at cultivating rhythms that were spiritually, emotionally, and physically healthy. I worked too much, scheduled too many evening meetings, forgot to pack healthy lunches, dropped exercise, and didn't do much that brought me life. God and I were barely hanging on in my prayer life.

After this whole fiasco, it became clear to me that I needed to re-look at my rhythms. With school starting in a few weeks, I wanted to make sure that I was already doing habits that made me the best version of myself.

How are the rhythms of your life pleasing God? How are your daily habits drawing you into the presence of God? 

This discipline of creating life-giving rhythms is called the “rule of life.” This practice guides us and trains us in our walk with God.

Unlike the goals we often set for ourselves, the “rule of life” helps us not to do—but to become.

There are lots of great resources out there about what a rule is and how to create one, but what I've realized is that many of the "how-tos" are overwhelming for me. Ironically, there are too many rules and guidelines. To me, this is something that should be life-giving and simple in form. So I've created my own simple chart which you are welcome to use.

Spend some time this fall examining your current habits—both on a daily and weekly basis. How are you currently making space to connect with God? What are some habits (good or bad) you need to let go of in order to make room for God’s presence? This may include avoiding certain activities, such as hurrying, stretching yourself beyond your limits, overeating, or watching violent shows.

What are some rhythms you can put in your life to help you connect with God more fully and more regularly? Don’t limit yourself to simply reading the Bible or praying, although these practices are a great starting point. Your rule of life can also include such things as: spending time in nature, exercising, silence and reflection, Sabbath, days alone with God, time with life-giving people, creating, etc.

Spiritual transformation doesn't happen by accident; we need to make the space and rhythms for God to work in us.

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