Building on last week’s podcast, I build on the theology of rhythms and limits from Genesis 2:15-17 and seek to apply it practically to our most important task – cultivating a deep spirituality with and for Jesus. We want to be role models for those we lead by embracing God’s rhythms and limits in the midst of a world that respects neither. Like the apostle Paul, we want to say: Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Towards that end, I expound briefly on the Desert Fathers of the third through fifth centuries who served as spiritual role models for the first 1500 years of church history (and continue to do so for the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches of today). In particular, I highlight their development of “rules of life” that they developed to give structure and rhythm to their monastic communities, enabling them to pay attention to God in everything they do.
My work over the years has been to study different “Rules” in different communities around the world today. I have done so with the goal to help active local church pastors and leaders, like yourself, craft your own Rule of Life. The following is mine from last year:
In this podcast, I invite you to go to www.emotionallyhealthy.org/team and download a free Team Transformational Experience (with the necessary handouts) around crafting your own Rule of Life today. Be sure to check it out.