As this year comes to a close I am starting to work on a “Rule of Life.” A “Rule of Life” is simply “intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. A Rule establishes a rhythm for life in which is helpful for being formed by the Spirit, a rhythm that reflects a love for God and respect for how he has made us.” Here are some selections from Adele Calhoun’s, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, on how to write a Rule of Life
Developing a “rule for life” is a way of being intentional about the personal rhythms and guidelines that shape our days.
The rule offered disciplines that made space to attend to the supernatural presence of the Trinity at work in and among them.
A rule of life is a simple statement of the regular rhythms we chose in order to present our bodies to God as our ‘spiritual act of worship.’ Each rule, or rhythm, is a way we partner with God for the transformation only he can bring.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with a rule; it can easily be changed and revised, but should not be subject to whims.
Before making a rule, take stock of your desires, natural rhythms, limits and times of closest connection to God.
Writing a Rule
- When and where do you feel closest to God? How do you enter most deeply into an awareness of his love for you?
- What is most important to you?
- What do you currently do to realized your goals and longings? Work? Study? Pray? Network? Socialized? Diet? Work out? Which of these things hinder and which help your spiritual journey?
- What practices suit your daily, monthly, and yearly rhythms and cycles?
- Where do you want to change? Where do you feel powerless to change?
- Choose several disciplines that arise from your desire for God’s transforming work and that suit the limits and realities of your life.