HOW’S YOUR RPMS? Its not the latest hi-tech metric and it won’t get hair shinier or your teeth brighter. But it can make your life BETTER.
last week we talked about working our UP, IN, and OUT; what we call our MINISTRY TRIANGLE.
I promised that I would share more nitty-gritty info in the future. Well; here ya go.
It is one thing to talk about practicing UP, IN, and OUT. It is quite another thing to actually do it. Like most things, it requires intentionality. Here is one way I have found to be intentional about it. It is not the only way or necessarily the best way, but it works. I stole it from a guy by the name of Dave Ferguson who stole it from a guy named Bob Bouwer and tweaked it. If you find it helpful you can steal it from me and tweak it for yourself… we’re all in this together, right?
The tool is based on Luke 2:52 that says, “Jesus grew in wisdom (mental) and stature (physical), and in favor with God (spiritual) and men (relational).” So the idea is that on a daily basis you would chart these four letters: R (relational), P (physicial), M (mental) and S (spiritual) and give yourself a 1-10 rating.
RELATIONAL: Our relational world typically includes the people with whom we interact on a regular basis: our immediate family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc.
- How are these relationships?
- What would I like to change?
- How is God using these relationships to grow me?
- How is God using these relationships to grow others?
PHYSICAL: Our physical well-being is often the most overlooked aspect of a person’s life. Ministry takes energy, and if we are serious about developing as a whole person in service to Christ, we have to take seriously our physical well-being.
- Am I getting enough rest?
- What am I currently doing to improve or maintain my good – or not so good – health?
- What would I – SHOULD I – change?
MENTAL: Another often-overlooked aspect is the development of our minds. In order for us to be successfully on mission, we have to stay sharp. We have to be lifelong learners because the world and the people around us are constantly changing.
- What have I been learning lately?
- How am I applying what I’ve learned?
- What thoughts dominate my mind? Do they lead me TO or AWAY from Christ?
SPIRITUAL: We must discover and act on whatever it is that helps us grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus.
- What has God been saying to me lately?
- What am I going to do about it?
- When am I going to do it?
- Who is holding me accountable? At Mosaic, we would ask; “Who is your Co-Pilot”? We use that terminology because “accountability” has for many people become some type of gestapo tactic that hinders rather than encourages. A co-pilot on the other hand is there to help – sometimes guide – and are along for the ride WITH you.
Try this out for a while and let us know how it works for you. I bet that if you stick with it you’ll see concrete change in the practice of the Ministry Triangle, your UP, IN, and OUT.
… praying for open doors, additional hands, supernatural provision, and fruit that lasts.
Mike and Jan