Last fall I spent quite of bit of time with Jana crafting a “rule of life.” A rule of life is a description of the life God is calling you to lead. It means a life guided, nourished, and sustained by God’s Spirit, to the glory of God.
The kind of self-examination required in writing a rule of life doesn’t come easy. You have to be honest in assessing your strengths and weaknesses. What are the things which give you life? What are the things that suck the life out of you?
Out of all the people on the planet, what has God uniquely equipped and called you to do?
And so for the last several months I’ve been trying to learn to live into this rule. Get more sleep. Spend more time with Jana. Spend more time with the grandkids. Spend more time with God. Keep the Sabbath.
I thought I would share at least part of my rule of life here because I need help in living it out.
- To be a city-center minister
- To move people to hear, understand, and accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ into their hearts
- Build a dynamic, transforming church where all are welcome, lives are changed, and where the Gospel is proclaimed and lived out
- Create a culture of experimentation and discernment
- To preach the Gospel to a full church
- To see thousands in the city come to faith, and be part of a movement of faith across the region and the world
- To be a source of inspiration for city-center churches everywhere
I’m pleased to share my rule of life with anyone who’s interested. Here’s a wonderful resource I found most helpful: http://ruleoflife.com/myrule/