Two ministry friends and pastor’s wives, Julie Meissner and Cindy Wu, who share similar challenges and demands, are encouraging each other as they craft their rule of life. They both aim to live less stressed, more joy-filled lives and find Crafting A Rule of Life a wonderful resource to help guide their steps during this season of life.
Anna Stefano’s rule of life is uniquely beautiful…held in place by her gracious and loving smile! The creative options for crafting a rule of life are endless…enjoy the process of discovery and creation.
Brian Emmet has crafted his rule of life using the visuals of ancient Christian icons and the phrases “The Light of Christ,” “The Peace of Christ,” “The Love of Christ,” “The Life of Christ” to add definition to his personal, daily priorities. We trust this will serve as an encouragement to your soul and the creation of your unique rule of life.
I hold the weighty word of our family’s Father
I have the open ear of the Master of all
May I rest
May I reflect and remember
For Your way is strange
May I not grasp at my own expectations
May I see through death, dark, and defeat
For all things You master
May I pay heed to Your world
May I hearken to Your word
For You complete what You design
May I take with grateful wonder and righteous prudence
May I make with joyful diligence and humble faith
For freely You give
May I admit my limits: my failures, flaws, and fears
May I accept others: their struggles, strangeness, and strength
For You take us into Your arms
May I speak and see carefully
May I sleep fully free from care
For You leads us
Yes, Master, may You lead my family
and hold our hand
and walk beside us all the days of our lives
that we may dwell forever with your Son
with whom we sit
asking these things
A joy to hear Kevin Keating share his rule of life today in the form of a prayer/poem…can you see the parallel to the Lords Prayer?! He has detailed specifics for how he’s living out this prayer…very creative approach!
When Pastor Paul Clark first encountered the idea of writing his own personal rule of life, what emerged was a desire for his entire pastoral staff of 12 to also create their own. Paul shares his rule of life for all who are engaged in pastoral ministry as an example of what one pastor has crafted for himself…and we joyfully offer it to you! Thanks to all who have contributed their personal rule of life as testimonies of God’s deeper work…each one has enriched this interactive website tremendously.
A great example of a visual rule of life! What might your pictures be? Be creative! Enjoy thinking about, looking for, or snapping some photos that remind you of areas in your life in which you want to be intentional. The person who this rule belongs to has it hanging in her kitchen so that she sees it everyday. It has become a source of conversation for those who enter her home. And it has been a reminder of what it is she values and where she wants to focus her time, energy, and talents.
“Sabbath is not dependent upon our readiness to stop. We do not stop when we are finished. We do not stop when we complete our phone calls, finish our project, get through this stack of messages, or get out this report that is due tomorrow. We stop because it is time to stop.”
– Wayne Muller
For many of us, we find ourselves running, producing, striving, and endlessly accomplishing our to-do lists and daily tasks. If we’re honest, it’s incredibly difficult to walk away from our work–especially when it is incomplete. Muller’s words are a necessary reminder that we need to experience true Sabbath and rest.
So friends, examine your readiness to stop…both in a daily and weekly sabbath rhythm. Why are you striving so hard and unwilling to cease?
When we trust God’s sovereign control and step away from the work of our hands, we are wide open to hear and receive from our loving Lord. May you celebrate the work and your hands and then rest well.
Crafting your Rule of Life is not meant to be a rigid experience, void of creativity or your unique personality. Not at all! In fact, the creation of your RoL is a great reminder that God has formed and fashioned only one you! Check out Valerie’s rule and notice how creative and imaginative she has been in expressing her life in God. Blessings to you as you continue on the well-ordered way and live into the unforced rhythms of grace!