Called True Colors, the system uses the colors Green, Blue, Orange, and Gold to divide categories. Individuals choose the category that is most like them in several areas. In a nutshell, Green is more philosophical, abstract, highly contextual, lots of detail ... Blue is very emotion-oriented, feelings-focused, cares about how people feel ... Gold is highly structured, very rules-oriented ... while Orange is extremely creative, almost the opposite of gold in approach. (I'm a Green, if you hadn't figured that out :) ). A healthy individual will have a little of each color, though one will predominate.
After I completed the workshop I realized that the four colors parallel important elements of my spiritual walk. From that day, I have added a four-pronged approach in my prayers for my own walk with God. Specifically, I pray almost daily that I will be:
- Doctrinally sound (that's the Green)
- Passionately worshipful (there's the Orange)
- Genuinely loving (Blue)
- Carefully obedient (Gold)
In your ministry it's easy to get focused on the "tyranny of the urgent". It's often hard to take a step back and look at the big picture of your personal growth, or the development of those you are discipling. I pray that God will somehow use this four-pronged approach from my own prayer life to help you grow as well!