Faith: Finding your sacred rhythms




Many of us have interests where we commit time and energy and routinely engage with like-minded people: a rhythm, a ritual. It’s part of who we are.

It’s almost 12:30pm; you’ve been to the pub, had the same drink you always have, chatted with the lads and made your way to Turf Moor, Harry Potts Way. The colours are on; scarf and woolly hat with matching badges. The chants are going up as you walk along with the boys, perfect! It’s match day, Burnley FC versus Fulham FC.

Now you may not be a Burnley or Fulham fan, or even a footie fan, but the point here is to describe a kind of ‘sacred rhythm’ that week in, week out, whether cold, rain or sunshine, you show up for; rhythms that reflect the things in your life that you commit to, invest in, give to; the stuff that stirs you.

You lay awake at night reading the fixtures, upgrades, signings, transfers, details. You invest time and energy in it, talking about it, watching it, being around it or exploring all the stats with your mates. These sacred rhythms are the stuff that sits deep in our lives, and bring us joy, identity, and shape how we see life.

The concept of a sacred rhythm isn’t foreign to any of us, you don’t have to be ’religious’ to have this stuff working in your life. A rhythm like this is built on something you enjoy and have seen and experienced the benefit from doing.

There was a book a few years ago called Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… and Maybe the World. A simple book that picked up on this sort of vibe, on routine, discipline, and a pattern in your life that gives joy, order, and purpose. I think sacred rhythms
touch on this.

Outside the world of sport, cars, films, music, and more, sacred rhythms can take on a spiritual perspective and angle too. The best example I can offer for this is from Jesus, in the Bible. Jesus had a sacred rhythm in his life of prayer, alone and early. The Bible often recorded moments where Jesus stepped away from the crowds and the masses, and got up before his mates in the early hours to go and pray to God, his father.

This simple sacred rhythm on the surface seems so insignificant, but when I have tried it, I can say that this has been one of the most life-changing things for me. What are your sacred rhythms in life? How do they impact you?

Digital Editor’s Note: We spoke to Nathan Blackaby about CVM’s annual men’s festival. Read the full story here: Faith: Gathering Ground – Sorted Magazine

Main Photo Credit: Jon Tyson via Unsplash

Nathan Blackaby

Nathan is the CEO of Christian Vision for Men, a global men’s ministry. He loves skipping, boxing, riding motorbikes and his dog. He has lived in Brazil working with Teen Challenge and enjoys trying to keep his Portuguese going.

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