Before creating the Christian Wheel of Life, I led a ministry school in Southern California. We wanted a way for students to visualize their spiritual growth and struggles. That way, we could help them develop in those areas.
I couldn’t think of an easy, straightforward, fruitful way to do it. Then this idea came to me! And I give credit to the Holy Spirit because it worked perfectly for our school.
I’ve used coaching wheels for years to set goals. If I tweaked that concept for Christian disciplines rather than life areas like career and relationships, it could work.
That’s how the Christian Wheel of Life, or I like to call it the Christian Growth Wheel, was developed. It gave students a visual faith map, showing thriving areas and those needing care.
I wanted to offer it free to all Christians seeking to know and love God more.
But before we move forward, make it very clear that this isn’t about striving. You don’t need to earn God’s love and acceptance. Jesus died for you amidst your messiness. Striving never hits the mark. We hit it through Christ’s blood, cleansing us.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
– Romans 5:8 ESV
Use this wheel out of love and hunger for God, not duty. In that spirit, you’ll see growth in relating to Him.
How To Fill Out The Christian Wheel Of Life
It’s super easy to fill out. Here are some keys to help you with the process.
Whenever doing stuff like this, I think it’s a good idea to pray and ask God to reveal things and help you. You can do this over a period of days or just before starting your wheel.
Grab a marker or colored pen/pencil
I like having a color that is bright so you can see your wheel easily. You don’t need this to complete the wheel. You can use any pen or pencil.
If you happen to have multiple colors I find it helpful to use different colors for different sections of the wheel of life.
Fill Out the Wheel
With the center of the wheel as 0 and the outer edge as an ideal 10.
Rank your level of satisfaction with each Christian discipline by drawing or coloring that area.
Look at it this way:
- 10- ROCKING IT FOR JESUS! I feel strong in this area.
- 1- Ouch, not looking good in this area. I really need to grow in this discipline.
The Lows And Highs Of The Wheel
Low On The Christian Wheel Of Life – (Things to ask yourself about this area of your life)
- Why am I feeling low in this discipline?
- What can I do to grow in this?
- Can having an accountability partner or fellow believer help me with this?
- How do you think growing in this area will affect your life and relationship with God?
High/Medium on the Christian Growth Wheel – (Things to ask yourself about this area of your life)
- Is there anything I can do or add to increase this area of my faith? Is there a risk I should be taking?
- What is it about this discipline that I enjoy?
- How has this area of your faith impacted your life and relationship with God?
- Can I help out/ encourage other believers with this discipline?
Once you fill out your wheel, there are two things I recommend doing.
You can review what you are low in and begin to pray into that area. Ask God to help you grow. If doors need to be opened, then ask for it.
If you don’t have the desire to grow, ask Him for a hunger for it.
I encourage you to be raw and honest with the Lord. No need for an eloquent prayer. If you think reading the Bible is boring, then tell God.
“Lord, it’s hard for me to read the Bible. It’s boring to me, and I don’t want to read it. I know It’s your Word and that it’s good for me. So, I ask you to help me with this. Help me to enjoy and hunger for your Word…”
2) Set Goals – Be Proactive
If you feel led to take it further, I highly recommend setting up some goals. They don’t have to look profound, but little steps to grow that area will change you. A few examples of setting some goals would be:
- I’m going to read a chapter a day in my Bible.
- I’m going to join a Bible Study group at church.
- I’m going to help volunteer with the youth group.
- Going to spend 5-10min in my devotion time to worship and praise God.
A real-life example for me recently was I was struggling in my day-to-day life to have a set time with the Lord. I was at church on a Sunday morning worshiping, and I felt the Lord firmly tug at my heart about my devotional time.
I felt like the Lord wanted me to set my day with Him. So I set my alarm up at 6 am. I wake up and spend 30-45min in prayer, worship, and reading of the Word in the morning. It has helped me in this season.
It’s pretty simple to use the wheel!
I encourage you if you are hungering for more of God and want to grow. Download this free printable and give it a try!
It will bless you and strengthen your faith. It comes with the wheel and a description of the Christian Disciplines. You will also gain access to my other printable.
Here is the form for you to get the PDF if you haven’t done it yet.
Drop me a comment below and share your thoughts on this with me. I would love to hear from you. Blessings!
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
She has spoken in churches in California, Oregon, Texas, and Mexico and has been featured in Guidepost Magazine and All Recipes Magazine. Read More…