Rules: for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
Look around, you'll find no shortage of rules cast on you by the world telling you how they think you should live.
But when's the last time you stopped to ask yourself about your own rules?
The things that matter to you and the values that guide your own sense of what matters?
If you're like most of us, the answer is "not often enough", so this morning we're taking a bit of time to do just that.
Rules can be both suppressors or the greatest gift you'll ever get.
Enforced needlessly and constructed without purpose, they can dampen creativity and put up walls where there should be none. Done right, however, they can help you make all the decisions you know you should make and act as a framework for going through life, aligned with the person you want to be.
When practiced regularly and accepted with conviction, they can make saying no to in-the-moment temptations easy and continuously bring you back to your why.
They can guide you from the person you are to the person you want to be.
So this morning, we're going to start with a simple, but important question:
'What are your rules to live by?'
Take some time to think about that question and write down at least 5.
Write down why you want to live by that rule and the impact it would have on your life by sticking to it.
Do the work, because we'll be touching more on this topic later this week.