a Rule of Life...
RULE OF LIFE — a topic that has come up a few time on this blog. It’s not something that folks in my circles talk a ton about. The CS Lewis Institute (read the PFD) defines a rule of life as follows; “A Rule of Life is an 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.” I think that’s pretty good.
This topic popped back into my head recently, not only because i need to establish a better rule of life for myself but also because i’m wanting to think of a helpful ways to guide my students into establishing a rule of life for themselves.
How do you not only communicate this well to students but then lead them into crafting a rule that they will be able to live by? At first thought i wonder why this seems difficult? Then i realize how 99.9% of students i share life with live, there isn’t much space for this kind of thing. And i don’t want them to be like me when i was in high school. I had a rule of life but the key word was rule, law might be better. At the end of every week i would think back on the week that just passed, if i missed a day of reading my bible or a night of prayer i would get on my knees and ask God to forgive me, worried that i might lose my salvation or worse, have God pissed off at me. It was fairly unhealthy. Motivating but unhealthy. I figure I probably shouldn't scare the students into being disciples, though it's tempting. HA!
I had at least one student at the retreat this past weekend except Christ for the first time and many others that made a recommitment of some sort to their faith. I want to develop a resource or something to guide these students into the development of a rule of life. Something healthy and sustainable for their spiritual growth.
Any ideas? Or do you know of any good resources that already exist?
Lets work together!
Grace and peace Erik
PS :: I also just ran across a blog i never posted from almost a year ago on this very topic. I’ll post it tomorrow to continue the conversation.