I was looking through various things I have written and came across this:

A life rule is a centuries-old discipline, which was started by monastic orders as a way to describe their common lives together. The purpose of developing such a rule is to discover the tangible ways in which we live out our faith.

We live according to what we believe. this is so simple; yet profound.

One caution: It is easy to get mechanical or legalistic when writing a life rule. To do this is to miss the point. Always look for the heart of the matter.

There are all sorts of “formulas” for a life rule. Some are as simple as saying the Lor’ds Prayer each day; others DEFINE every aspect of living, from physical care to outreach.

I MYSELF used to keep a very detailed rule. As I have matured, however, and my walk with God has become deeper, I find that a more general, less rigid one works better for me.


Whether we actually write out a life rule or not, we each have one. Here are some questions to consider in framing your own:

*What are your foundational beliefs –

About God?

About yourself?

About your purpose in this world?

About the world around you?

*What are your passions?

*What are tangible things you do that reflect your beliefs and passions?

*What things seem to “get in your way”?

*What would you like to build on?


Identifying these things is important because we are more able to be purposeful about our beliefs and lives. We can strengthen the things that build us and others up; we can correct things that get in our way.


It is best to start by asking the Holy Spirit to give you revelation, wisdom and understanding. Some things seem like no-brainers; yet when we really consider them in the light of our relationship with god, they are far deeper than we realize.




Published by lifehelps

I am like a rich tapestry, full of texture and color. I'm a musician, composer, poet, gardener, homemaker and friend. I worked as anLCSW for 22 years; as a socialworker for 26 years all told. Before that, I was a rehabilitation teacher. My passion is to come alongside others; to empower and bless them. That is why you will find plenty of variety in my blog. Two very important things to know about me is that I am a life-long learner - An explorer and sojourner. I also belong to the Lord, before you get tweeked out: I am not saying I am "religious." There is a huge difference between all of the rules and empty practice that often gets associated with Christianity and the kind of life that comes from being in a relationship with the loving God. May you find encouragement, inspiration, insight, good ideas and a laugh or two as you read my posts and comments.

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