In bringing together the four dimensions of the Cycle of Grace, the writers encourage us on the individual level to seek to establish a “rule of life” or some regular support system that helps us as we grow in grace. That requires at least 2 things: decluttering and staying close to Jesus. By returning to the practice of regular journaling, I have a way to process my thoughts about what God’s Spirit seems to be swirling up in my life. That is, in a way, a decluttering for me. And as I spend more intentional time with my thoughts on Jesus and his teachings and what’s going on in the world today, I draw closer, and hopefully become a better servant and leader and child of God.
Bringing together what we’ve learned about The Cycle of Grace means we seek to find ways to create a routine in our lives whereby we strengthen our relationship with God and seek to engage the Cycle in an intentional way so that we keep going in the right direction. Many of the things we already do are what keep us engaged in God’s grace: worshiping together, attending Bible studies, serving others in the community, spending time with friends and people who challenge us as human beings and as Christians. But sometimes we continue to do those things without really thinking about them, and being fully engaged with the cycle of God’s grace in both our personal lives as well as the church requires that we live with “disciplined mindfulness.” To be intentional about our spirituality. Hudson and Haas write: “Formulating a rule begins not by trying hard to reach God but by observing God’s work of Acceptance, Sustenance, Significance, and Fruitfulness. The Cycle of Grace reminds us that God was at work, moving through all of creation— before our birth and before earth’s formation— offering life as pure gift, prior to all human willing or doing. God offers a gracious invitation to step into this life, to embrace it, and to live fully” (Hudson, Trevor; Haas, Jerry P (2012-12-14). The Cycle of Grace: Living in Sacred Balance (pp. 54-55). Upper Room. Kindle Edition.).
What kind of mindfulness do you need in your life? What steps do you need to take to create an intentional pattern for your spiritual life that will deepen your faith? Think about it. Make time for it. Embrace God’s grace in your life.
Love and Grace,