Some people live by a rule of life … this is something Christians have done almost right from the start of the Christian faith. All of the religious orders have a rule of life – a set of values leading to a series of activities around which their daily life is geared and organized. These are joint, community activities as well as individual activities and spiritual disciplines.
But I am talking about a “Rule for Life” which is somewhat different. These rules release life. They release your life from the bondage of the normal and the mundane. They allow you to experience life in fresh and new ways. Dare I say, they might even release the very life of God within you. These rules for life will allow you to soar to new heights and accomplish much more with your life and in your life. These simply rules will allow you to make a difference in the lives of others.
So here they are:
Care more than others think wise
Risk more than others think safe
Dream more than others think practical
Expect more than others think possible
Too many of us live normal, low-keyed lives that are not impacting the people we live with or the society we live in. God called us, as disciples of Jesus, to live in a radical way that is so different from the way the world of non-believers live that our lifestyle would let others know we are believers. The Bible states that others will know we are His disciples by the love we have for one another. But love is hard to see and for others to experience unless it has some “feet” under it. Caring, risking, dreaming, and expecting are the feet – the way that others can and will see the love of Jesus in action.
So, we are entering into a long weekend here in my nation when many will relax more, party more, drink more, travel more, spend more, eat more… and I am suggesting an alternative way to invest our lives and the precious time that we have been given. There are only three things we can do with “today” and the time the Lord has given to us here – waste it, spend it, or invest it. I believe the Rule For Life enables us to invest it.