Life consists of a series of rhythms that form the habitual basis of our lives. What we do determines who we become. Who we do it with is also instrumental. Today I want to list a few things to keep in mind when you develop a rule of life. Marjorie Thompson defines a rule of life as:
“A Rule of Life is a pattern of spiritual disciplines that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness.”
- Give it time and don’t expect quick results
- Be realistic about what you can do (if you’ve never read Bible don’t think you can read it in two weeks)
- Ask feedback from you community or better develop a rule of life as a community
- Revise your rule of life often
- Have headings in your rule of life and choose activities under the headings that can beat boredom. For instance if I have as a heading daily Bible reading vary the methods of reading : Lectio divina, out loud, study, Ignatian.
- Exercise the rule with a diverse group of people
- Ask questions that can help you choose what to do (these are from Marjorie Thompson): what am I deeply attracted to, why? Where is God stretching me to grow? What kind of balance do I need in my life?
- Remember that the rule is a way of grace and not of earning.
- Have a rule that comforts and stretches you (Ian Mobsby)
- Keep the season of your life in mind (parents with babies and toddlers will have time to exercise in nappy changes and snotty noses)
- Write your rule down and put it in a place you will see every day
- Meet regularly with someone who encourages you in your rule of life
- Experiment with different disciplines (there are so much more than just quiet time, prayer and Bible reading)
What other tips do you have for people who are developing a rule of life?