My challenge to each of us this January: write down a rule of life that will help us grow deeper in our faith.
(What is a rule of life? Read this first.)
A rule of life gives order and intention to our lives of faith.
Because the truth is, we all already have a rule of life. We may not be aware of it, but we all have one.
What do you do when you first get up in the morning? Brush your teeth, make coffee, scroll Instagram? What do you do on your morning commute? Listen to the news, drink coffee, make work calls? How do you get ready for bed? Watch TV, scroll Instagram, read? (you can tell I love Instagram and coffee too much)
We all have habits and routines, whether we are intentional about them or not.
The point of creating a rule of life is to be thoughtful and intentional about how we spend our time.
The truth behind creating a rule of life is that faith isn’t just something we do on Sundays from 10 – 11. Faith is, instead, a trellis that can give structure and meaning to our lives.
A rule of life reminds us that our faith doesn’t just govern big moments of our lives. Our faith can also guide the small, mundane moments of our lives. And when we are thoughtful about how we structure our lives, faith becomes the trellis that our lives can grow on.
So today, take out a piece of paper and write down your rule of life. Here’s a template:
I desire a relationship with God that is: _____________________ (fill in the blank: grounding, challenging, steady, exciting, encourages me to grow, etc)
My faith guides me to ____________________ daily (fill in the blank: what spiritual practice will you commit to doing every day? Say Morning Prayer; light a candle; pray for five minutes in silence)
As a disciple of Jesus, I will ___________________ weekly (fill in the blank: what spiritual practice will you commit to doing every week? Attend worship at my church; volunteer for an hour; write a letter to a far-away friend)
Because I want to love God, love others, and love myself, I will _________________ monthly (fill in the blank: what will you commit to doing every month? Spend ten minutes reflecting on where I saw God moving in the past month; write a letter to God/Spirit/Love; turn off my phone for an hour)
If you come to St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea this Sunday, we will do this exercise together. But wherever you are in the world, you can join me – write down your own rule of life.
It doesn’t have to be perfect.
It doesn’t have to be complicated.
It can change as your life changes.
What is your rule of life?