Based on the book by Ken Shigematsu.
Have you ever yearned for a deeper, richer, more fulfilling relationship with Jesus? But somehow this seems elusive or even impossible…
For many Christians, there is certainly a desire to walk more closely with God and to be transformed into the likeness of Christ – but we struggle to line up our life accordingly.
Our new Sunday evening series, God in my Everything, is looking at God being central to every area of our life – our work, our rest, our play. We are basing this series on the eponymous book by Ken Shigematsu.
Sometimes we are led to believe that parts of our life are for God – the holy bits – church, Bible reading, quiet time, ministry…
And the rest of our life is just the secular stuff – work, money, family, friends, hobbies..
Sometimes we think that becoming more like Jesus just means we need to do more of the spiritual stuff and less of the secular stuff.
We speak of our ministry at church and then our everyday jobs…
But what if God were really in our everything – our waking and sleeping, our working and resting, our hobbies and our praying…?
And what if this were to apply for every Christian – not just the super spiritual ones, the specially anointed and gifted ones…
What if this applies to the busy mum with young kids, the pressured businessman, the student, the young person at school, the single person, the married person, the young, the old – every vocation, every walk of life….
The term “Rule of Life” goes back to an ancient pattern of monastic living that was introduced and outlined by Benedict in the 6th Century.
The word “Rule” comes from the Greek word that means “trellis”. A trellis is a support system for a vine or plant that enables it to grow upward and bear fruit.
Like a trellis, a rule of life supports and strengthens our relationship with God so that we can become more fruitful. The life is not in the trellis, it is in the vine – but the trellis helps the vine to grow well and to become fruitful!
(Source: God in My Everything – Ken Shigematsu)
For busy people, a rule of life can seem like another thing “to do”. More responsibility, more effort….
But the rule can be flexible, and it also involves not doing certain things, developing a healthy rhythm, saying no as well as yes.
As you consider building a rule of life, here are some things to remember:
1. Start simply
Change does not happen overnight.
Introduce simple and achievable practices.
Whatever we do repeatedly – even if it’s simple – has the power to shape us.
2. Build slowly
This is a life-long process!
3. Prune regularly
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2)
If you are going to add something to your plate – consider taking something off it.
4. Be energy conscious
When are you at your best? When do you have the most energy?
Early morning – late at night.
Recognise the rhythm of your day, your week and even your year…
5. Consider your life stage
Different seasons of life equals different patterns and rhythms.
6. Stay flexible
The rule is to help us and strengthen us – it is not to rule over us.
7. Make time for fun
Do things that bring you joy.
8. Include community
Vitally important for spiritual growth and health.
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