I've been giving thought to the 'construct' of my spiritual life post-Army. You may or may not know that Salvationists live by what you'd call a set of vows, a covenant. As a former officer, I'd been living by the 'Soldier's Covenant' as well as the 'Officer's Covenant'. The first of those is a generic set of commitments, the officers covenant is a bit more specific to the officer's ministry.
I didn't make either of these covenants lightly, but some aspects of them don't make sense outside The Salvation Army, so I'm looking at them again. As well as all that, there have been some other useful Kingdom influences informing my discipleship and formation in recent years, so I'm looking at those too. I've learned that I want to have a framework which isn't dependent on my relationship with any particular denomination...it has to transcend and be complimentary to any of that.
You might wonder why someone would have these covenants/rule of life/vows. Quite simply they're a framework that I can use to invite others speak into my life constructively. They function as a 'vision/mission statement' for me as a follower of Jesus. They also potentially have the value of being something that others may join you in and so just building in that 'accountability' that can helpfully come from mutual relationships.
As I said earlier, I'm looking for some 'Companions of the Heart'....that being a translation of the Old Celtic word Cymbrogi which carries the connotations of covenanted brothers/sisters working together in a particular cause. Here's what I've written about it so far...maybe it speaks to you...maybe you'd like to join with me in this simple 'rule'? Its not cluttered and