1. Even if you’re the line leader, you will still get in trouble if you get ahead of the teacher.
We may be leaders in our ministries, but if we get ahead of God, we usually end up in trouble. Take time to pray and make sure you are following His leading not parading down a side road on your own.
2. When the last thing you want to do is take a nap, the first thing you should do is take a nap.
When we don’t feel like we have time to rest, we have to stop and rest. It multiplies our capacity to function when we are rested. And we aren’t nearly as grouchy as we get when we don’t.
3. Square pegs don’t fit well in round holes.
Plugging a volunteer into a place that doesn’t fit their giftings or talents is not only extremely difficult, if not impossible, it also makes a lot of noise and doesn’t accomplish very much. And sometimes, if we force them enough, it bends them out of shape so they don’t fit well were they were originally made to go, either.
4. Everything tastes better when it comes from a new lunch box.
It’s not always necessary to throw out what you have and get a completely new program. Sometimes our ideas and ministries just need to be looked at with a new perspective. I’m not talking about being deceptive, I’m talking about taking what you are doing well and presenting it in a new format.
5. Sharing can be fun.
Sharing my daily ritual ziploc bag of carrot sticks with someone who brings pretzels, usually results in me getting to share some pretzels, too. This presents me the opportunity to try something new and enjoy some variety. When we network with other ministries, we can share our ideas and events, as well as hear of others we may have never even tried before.
Just think like a kindergartener. You’ll have a great year!