Bob Merritt distinguishes between rhythmic and random approaches to life in Chapter 6 of When Life’s Not Working. Establishing a healthy rhythm helps you become more consistent and effective. On the other hand, although a random approach is spontaneous and free, it can be unreliable and unpredictable. Random is acceptable when it fits in the overall framework of practiced rhythm.
Pastor Merritt cites a book by Jim Collins (Good to Great) where the author studied the qualities of great companies. These companies were described as: consistent, focused, disciplined, rigorous, dogged, determined, diligent, precise, fastidious, systematic, methodical, workmanlike, demanding, accountable, and responsible.
When ministry downsizing or position loss turns everything upside down, it’s important to re-establish equilibrium.
Which of those business descriptors accurately describe your current approach to life? Are there changes you need to make to restore balance?