The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose For An Age of Distraction
:Habits form us more than we form them. The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom and peace of the gospel, but remain...
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:Habits form us more than we form them. The modern world is a machine of a thousand invisible habits, forming us into anxious, busy, and depressed people. We yearn for the freedom and peace of the gospel, but remain addicted to our technology, shackled by our screens, and exhausted by our routines. But because our habits are the water we swim in, they are almost invisible to us. What can we do about it? The answer to our contemporary chaos is to practice a rule of life that aligns our habits to our beliefs. The Common Rule offers four daily and four weekly habits, designed to help us create new routines and transform frazzled days into lives of love for God and neighbor. Justin Earley provides concrete, doable practices, such as a daily hour of phoneless presence or a weekly conversation with a friend. These habits are "common" not only because they are ordinary, but also because they can be practiced in community. They have been lived out by people across all walks of life-businesspeople, professionals, parents, students, retirees-who have discovered new hope and purpose. As you embark on these life-giving practices, you will find the freedom and rest for your soul that comes from aligning belief in Jesus with the practices of Jesus.
Justin Whitmel Earley (JD, Georgetown University) is the creator of The Common Rule, a program of habits designed to form us in the love of God and neighbor. He is also a mergers and acquisitions lawyer in Richmond, Virginia. He previously spent several years in China as the founder and general editor of The Urbanity Project and as the director of Thought and Culture Shapers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community through arts. He and his wife, Lauren, have four sons and live in Richmond, Virginia.
- :introduction: Discovering The Freedom Of Limitations
- <strong>part 1: How To Practice The Common Rule</strong>
- What Is A Rule?
- The Eight Habits Of The Common Rule
- <strong>part 2: The Daily And Weekly Habits</strong>
- Daily Habit 1: Kneeling Prayer At Morning, Midday, And Bedtime
- Daily Habit 2: One Meal With Others
- Daily Habit 3: Daily Hour With Phone Off
- Daily Habit 4: Scripture Before Phone
- Weekly Habit 1: One Hour Of Conversation With A Friend
- Weekly Habit 2: Curate Media To Four Hours
- Weekly Habit 3: Fast From Something For Twenty-four Hours
- Weekly Habit 4: Sabbath
- Epilogue: On Failure And Beauty
- -habits In A Nutshell
- -trying One Habit Of The Common Rule
- -trying A Week Of The Common Rule
- -trying A Month Of The Common Rule
- -the Common Rule For Congregations
- -a Prayer For Those Trying The Common Rule Habits
- -the Common Rule As A Rule Of Life
- -the Common Rule For Different Walks Of Life