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On a recent silent retreat at a Benedictine Monastery in the south of Poland. He writes, “For a long time I struggled with the Rule of Life. I considered it as another christian productivity tool, unfortunately. I approached working on it with two profound lies. #1 If I cannot keep it 100% then there is no point in creating rules that will be a source of feeling guilty. #2 If I follow my Rule of Life it will fuel my ministry and life with God. It took months to patiently work through the book (Crafting Rule of Life) and the podcast series on the topic (Discerning Leader Podcast). Thanks to God, He worked with me despite my resistance. Through the 5 “T’s” presented in the book I was discovering God’s Invitation to Life, not a system. I especially loved the mundane examples of rules of life from different people at the end of the book, it helped me to eliminate the divide in my mind between sacred and secular. The Holy Spirit graciously unraveled my preconceived ideas, showing me that the Rule of Life is more than a power supply for my life – “things I do to live out my life”, input-output. It is clear now for me that Rule covers all of Life, as a whole – different dimensions overflowing each other. And each practice in the Rule is a gracious invitation to a relationship and mindful living.”
William Funderburk expresses his personal rule of life around a key word, “attentiveness” and then expresses it via the medium of poetry with key Scriptures. Take a look at this unique design for a rule of life. He will be adding more “activist” panels as he continues to craft his personal rule of life in the coming days.
Steven Petersheim’s Rule of Life is built around prayers…one daily breath prayer “God be in My Head” and a second weekly self-reflection prayer “Being an Instrument of His Peace” – the ancient and modern combined so beautifully and graciously. His spiritual routines and worship practices highlight this brother’s desire to be fully devoted to the Lord. Kudos to Steven and thank you for being a godly role model to so many in your orbit of influence.
Heidi Duncan offers a very creative approach to crafting a personal rule of life. With “music of the spheres” as her theme, each ring concentrically displayed outlines her daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal and annual priorities. A background in costuming on Broadway helped her know how to use safety pins to hold it together and hang perfectly! Kudos, Heidi!
James Holt crafted his personal rule of life on a baseball. Very creative! Here he is holding his rule of life prayerfully and gratefully. Keep your rule of life fresh and inviting, renewing and restorative, creative and life-transforming!