Keeping Life Simple Revisited-5

9. Be open to change in your lifestyle. Different results require different actions.
Don’t despise change. Change is not a four-letter word it’s a six-letter word and can be your friend. (Which is also a six-letter word.) When I have to change something that I know is not a permanent change I remind myself this is only for a short while and I can do this! As with anything else guard your thoughts and your tongue and line them both up with scripture.

10. Do your homework and see what others do in hectic times. I love to study busy people. I check up on busy people by calling, emailing, read their books and blogs, network at conferences or on facebook. I look for new places to learn all the time.

While I’m here in New York I made plans to connect with 3 different Children’s Pastors. I love learning from others. I will have more questions for these CP’s than they will have for me. Who are you learning from? What is the most signifigant thing you have learned today?

11. Stop and listen to Jesus. I shouldn’t have to say this to Children’s ministers but make time for the Word! You are the only person who can make sure you stay refreshed spiritually, and that you feed your spirit. If you can’t go to church, listen to the CD. Sing and praise God in the car or in the shower and in the craziness of life.

12. When you are tired and busy, don’t think, rely on a checklist. I’ve been saying this before I got white hair, “Paper is for remembering not my brain. I don’t try to remember anything that I can know by having information with me.

I would write something else here but I forgot what I was going to write. Today’s my Birthday and my last day in New York so this old guy is going to party!

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Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive. Jim created the Children’s Ministers Leadership Club in 1995 that is known today as "theClub" which has touched thousands of ministry leaders each month. Jim believes his marching orders are to spend the rest of his life taking what he has learn about leadership and ministry and pour it into the next generation of children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders.