Step 10: implement Program

Just do it!

But, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Here are some Upside Down Principles for self-care:

  1. Take a day off each week. This rule is one of the “big ten” in the Bible.

  2. Find a forum with coworkers to vent about professional frustrations in ministry.

  3. As an adult, do not let at-risk youth or children fill your personal needs for healthy relationships. Associate with peers on your day off.

  4. Plan your prayer time in the morning and refuse to take engagements at that time. If you don’t plan your day, someone else will do it for you.

  5. When someone demands that you do something on your day off, simply say you have a “previous commitment.”

  6. Cultivate a little self-deprecating humor, you pompous windbag.

Schedule rest. Self-care is essential for long-term service.

If we repress self-care and the practice of Sabbath rest, it will reappear, knife in hand, demanding a sacrifice. Then we can’t help anyone.