I want to say thank you to all Small Group Leaders for what you do for children on Sunday mornings.

Thank you for getting up early on Sunday when you could be sleeping in; thank you for wearing the volunteer t-shirt for the millionth time when you could be wearing something way trendier; thank you for speaking truth into little hearts even when you think they don’t hear you… You have made a difference in the life of your kids even if you don’t see it.

My daughter was chosen to be “Star Student” this week in her first grade class, which basically means her classmates will learn everything there is to know about her in the short span of 5 days. This special week kicks off with a big poster that is all about her, one that she gets to decorate however she wants and answer some questions about herself. As we were talking through the questions and answers, one of her answers touched my heart in an unexpected way. The question read: “I am a super star because…”. I was totally prepared to help her with an answer, to prompt her with a variety of things that I thought she was GREAT at (after all I’m her mom and that’s my job). As it turned out, she didn’t need my input at all. Without missing a beat, as soon as she finished reading the statement, she immediately answered: “because I treat others the way I want to be treated.” My heart melted because at 6½ years old she got it and she wasn’t afraid to let her friends know.

Now, don’t get me wrong, she is not without fault and has been known to treat her brother in a way that she would NOT want to be treated from time to time. The point here is, that while she is not perfect, she’s beginning to see what matters and that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about being the best at a certain sport or skill, although that’s great and commendable; it’s about knowing that it’s not always about you. There are times that it needs to be about putting others before yourself and treating others the way you want to be treated.

I firmly believe that she has seen this on Sunday mornings in her small group leader. Her leader consistently shows up every Sunday and models for my daughter, and the other kids in her small group, what it looks like to treat others the way she would want to be treated. This leader is all in with these kids, complete with her volunteer t-shirt! Whether she’s worshiping in large group with them or hanging out during their small group time, she’s putting these kids before her needs and treating them exactly the way she would have wanted to be treated when she was their age.

So keep up the good work and know they hear you… it may just be that your actions are speaking to them louder than your words right now.

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