We all have unwritten rules that we live by. These rules help to shape the rhythms of work, relationship and even our worship. It is easy to collect rules for life like you would pick up odds and ends at a garage sale – without much forethought or purpose. I want to challenge you to prayerfully consider developing a rule of life.
Here are my five rules for life:
- Love fully – Hold nothing back, don’t guard your heart, but be reckless and abandoned in loving God and others. You’ll never regret loving others. The pain of rejection is far less than the pain of being alone.
- Live generously – Jesus said, “It is better to give than receive.” So go for the best life you can by giving as much as you can. In the end, the value of your life will be measured by what you contributed, not by what you accumulated.
- Learn daily – “A wise man will hear and increase learning” Pr. 1:5. Your brain is like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger it will get. Ask yourself, “What did I learn today?”
- Lead fearlessly – Stop complaining about the direction your life, the country, your church is going and step up and provide leadership to a tribe of fellow travelers who share your heart and your passion.
- Laugh heartily – “A joyful heart is good medicine” Pr. 17:22. Don’t take yourself or your circumstances so seriously you can’t laugh at both. Life is a vapor that, when lived without humor, is like breathing toxic fumes.
So what are your rules of life?