Meal With

Others

Hour with

Phone Off

LOVE OF GOD

Another way to look at the habits is as they pertain to love of God.  You were made to love and be loved by God.  Only in the light of his love will you finally see who you really are, feel how you are supposed to feel, and discover what you should do with your days.  

LOVE OF NEIGHBOR

When we think of better habits, we often think about our own self-improvement.  Nothing could be further from the purpose of the Common Rule.  These habits are meant to be practiced with others for their sake.

EMBRACE

Embrace is a reminder that there is much good in the world God made.  God's presence––not his absence––is the primary fact of the world.  That we need each other––not that we harm each other––is the primary truth of being human.

RESIST

When we practice resistance, we acknowledge that evil and suffering are very real, though they aren't how the world was made to be.  But remember that resistance has a purpose: love.  The habits of resistance aren't supposed to shield you from the world but to turn you toward it.  

The Weekly Habits

 

ONE HOUR OF CONVERSATION WITH A FRIEND

We were made for each other, and we can't become lovers of God and neighbor without intimate relationships where vulnerability is sustained across time.  In habitual, face-to-face conversation with each other, we find a gospel practice; we are laid bare to each other and loved anyway.

CURATE MEDIA TO FOUR HOURS

Stories matter so much that we must handle them with utmost care.  Resisting the constant stream of addictive media with an hour limit means we are forced to curate what we watch.  Curating stories means that we seek stories that uphold beauty, that teach us to love justice, and that turn us to community.

FAST FROM SOMETHING FOR TWENTY-FOUR HOURS

We constantly seek to fill our emptiness with food and other comforts.  We ignore our soul and our neighbor's need by medicating with food and drink.  Regular fasting exposes who we really are, reminds us how broken we the world is, and draws our eyes to how Jesus is redeeming all things.

SABBATH

The weekly practice of sabbath teaches us that God sustains the world and that we don't.  To make a countercultural embrace of our limitations, we stop our usual work for one day of rest.  Sabbath is a gospel practice because it reminds us that the world doesn't hang on what we can accomplish, but rather on what God has accomplished for us.

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