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Bartek Tesluk serves on the Josiah Venture team in Poland and is currently an intern with LTI’s Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction

Bartek TeslukOn 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.”