“We speak our words of praise in a world that is hellish; We sing our songs of victory in a world where things get messy; We live our joy among people who neither understand nor encourage us. But the content of our lives is God, not man. We are not scavenging in the dark alleys of the world, poking in its rubbish bins for a bare sustenance. We are travelling in the light, towards God who is rich in mercy and strong to save. It is Christ, not culture that defines our lives. It is the help we experience, not the hazards we risk, that shape our days.”
The above quote by Eugene H. Peterson in his ‘The Journey’ (InterVarsity Press, USA, 1980) provides the impetus to driving philosophy of ‘the community’. In this year is that students will be required to adopt a “rule or rhythm of life”. A rule of life is a predetermined lifestyle that one agrees to adopt and embody in order to achieve a certain end. ‘The community’ rule is currenty informed by the values and operational principles employed in Year of Your Life.