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A Rule of Life… (speaking of rhythm)


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Speaking of rhythm, i get these daily devotional thoughts and the last two have been about developing a rule of life. Another way of talking about this concept of a “rule of life” might be having spiritual rhythm.


When i was growing up anything that had the word rule in it i ran from. Anything that was discipline wasn’t for me. Even when i became a Christian the concepts of spiritual discipline wasn’t very appealing to me. I thought that if you really loved God you did things “from the heart.” That’s kinda true but i think i’ve learned that doesn’t exclude having spiritual discipline. It might even be the more necessary for those who love God to be discipled in their spiritual life.

The idea of a rule of life comes largely from Saint Benedict, a monk from the 7th century. Honestly i don’t know a ton about St B. but he believed work and prayer were the most important things and i think he wrote a lot about living by a certain rule. I probably need to do more research on him, he’s seems like a cool fellow.

This idea of a “rule of life” is something to think about for sure. Something i want to develop more and more as i mature in my faith and relationship with Jesus. Mainly because i think i need it more and more.

Here are the reflections i’ve read the last couple days that have been an encouragement to me, enjoy.

I INVITE YOU to consider developing and claiming your own patterns and disciplines for spiritual growth. In Christian tradition this is known as developing a rule of life. A rule is a pattern of spiritual disciplines and attitudes that provides structure and direction for growth in holiness. … Growth in faith requires commitment, structure, and yes, discipline. Developing a rule of life moves you beyond good intentions into the arena of daily walking with God.

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YOU CAN START developing a rule of life by choosing … some practices and disciplines to incorporate into your daily life. The behaviors, attitudes, disciplines, and practices you choose will soon become routine … in your life of growing intimacy with God.

Some people carry negative images of rules and discipline. You must remember that rules and discipline exist for guiding and training. Building a rule of life guides and supports your spiritual growth.

Your rule can be simple. Dorothy Day … committed to daily practice the presence of God by reading the Bible, keeping a journal, receiving the Eucharist, and looking for the face of Christ in the poor and hungry she served every day.

Both quotes are from Larry James Peacock book Openings
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Rhythm…


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My life these days is all about rhythm.

When you’ve lived in a place for awhile you just have it, or at least hopefully you have it. And when you have rhythm you don’t really think about it. How often do you think about your heart beating or your wrist watch ticking. Your heart just beats and after a while your watch ticks and you never even notice it.

Well i just moved to Texas! The Dallas area, Plano to be precise. And everything is new! My work rhythm, my family rhythm, my community rhythm, my coffee shop rhythm, all of it. So i’m thinking a lot about rhythm.

God created us to have rhythm. Sabbath, festivals / parties, worship, spiritual disciplines, family, community… all kinda of different rhythms. I really think when we are in tune to these spiritual rhythms we live at our best.

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I went to my new small group last night. It’s hard because i had such a great communal rhythm in Nashville; great friends, great church, great community. Sitting with a bunch of new people reminds me of what i had, it’s hard and not horribly comfortable. It’s like i can hear my watching ticking really loudly but i need to remember that once i’ve worn it, am familiar with it, and when it feels like it’s apart of me (like any good watch winds up doing) i’ll enjoy it just as much as the old one. It just takes time (no pun intended).

I’ve also been having a lot of Anglican conversations lately. More and more i’m realizing probably my favorite things about the Anglican way is the rhythm it invites you into. The calendar and season, the liturgy, the community, the sacraments… all these things offer a rhythm that helps one to rest and live in tune with the life God created us for.

Today i’m feeling a little out rhythm; new job, new geography, new church, new community. But we’re getting ready for a new year, church year that is. Advent is right around the corner and i’m anticipating this next year to be amazing! Full of rhythm and wonder.

PS :: I’m also trying to get into a blogging rhythm. At least once a week is the goal. It’s Friday! Just made it!

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT :: Shane Claiborne


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I’ve had a couple opportunities to hang out with Shane and am always impressed with humility and normalcy (if that’s the right word). I mean seriously, he’s a dude who makes his own clothes and then recycles his bath water to wash the clothes that he makes… i’m not sure that’s normal but with that said he’s actually a pretty down to earth, normal guy just trying to help be actually be like and follow Jesus. I like that.

Here is a video i ran across today that i thought was some good food for thought…
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