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Are you Fit for Purpose?



"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

Psalm 139:14



Fit for Purpose Have you ever heard the phrase, Fit for Purpose? I found this definition on the "www" and thought it would help set the stage for our thought for the day: “Fit for purpose is used informally to describe a process, configuration item, IT service, etc., that is capable of meeting its objectives or service levels. Being fit for purpose requires suitable design, implementation, control, and maintenance.” What's in it for Me? When I was asked to give some thoughts on the subject of fitness, I’ll admit I found it a little harder than some of the other “F’s”. When I asked myself why that was, I concluded that, at least for me, my frame of reference for being “fit” started with the question, "What's in it for me?"

  • Am I happy with my weight?

  • Am I eating a somewhat healthy diet?

I remembered what Dr. Thad Hardin told us in an MD5 Lab last year. "If you’re physically able to do what you want/need to do, you’re probably fit. So, If I let myself be satisfied with those objectives, am I fit? Yes, pretty fit." A Different Answer However, if I challenge myself against our phrase for the day – am I fit for purpose, I get a different answer.

  • Objectives or service levels – Do I need to be fit to follow Jesus and serve my family and my church? You bet!

  • Suitable design – We know that we are “wonderfully made”, which means I need to manage my fitness against His design.

  • Implementation – I am part of the body of Christ and have a job to do. My fitness level determines my availability to be “implemented.”

  • Control – I’m going to frame this as “self-control," which we know is the #1 enemy of being healthy.

  • Maintenance – A healthy diet, a fitness regiment, and regular checkups is the preventative maintenance that keeps us in [HIS] service.

We are called to a purpose – are you fit for that purpose?


Larry Martin MD5 Lab Facilitator

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