There’s an old saying that says, “don’t sweat the small stuff!”

I understand this is trying to communicate that we shouldn’t worry about the small things that happen in our lives, because by doing so, we make them bigger than they really are.

So many volunteers show up each week with this same mindset, that they ‘aren’t going to sweat the small stuff.’

The small stuff—the details—takes more time, work and effort than just showing up and serving my hour and then going home.

But, I think success can be found in the small stuff.

What if a volunteer took the extra time to sit with that little boy and asked him about the big game he played in the day before?

What if a volunteer greeted each family that came to the door, making sure to call them by name?

What if a volunteer took some time to write birthday cards to all the kids who were having birthdays this month?

What if a volunteer showed up at her ballet recital with a small bouquet of flowers?

What if the volunteer made sure that each baby’s diaper was changed and clean before the parents arrived to pick them up?

What if the volunteer showed up a little early to make sure everything was set before the first child showed up?

What if a volunteer went out of his way to help that mom get all of her children checked in, dropped off, and showed her the way to the service?

ALL of these things seem like very small things.  AND there are ministries that are doing a great job each week without doing any of these things.

But, imagine if small group leaders started making the small things BIG things.  Imagine the BIG impact on preschoolers and their families when those small things become regular things.

It’s the SMALL stuff that can make the BIGGEST impact!!!

It’s the clean room, the changed diaper, the card in the mail, the pat on the back after the game, and smile that is given that make a BIG impact in the life of a preschooler!

So, sweat the small stuff, because in reality, it’s the small stuff that’s BIG!!!



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Cass is a husband, daddy, and the Children’s Pastor at Johns Creek Baptist Church, in Alpharetta, Georgia. He is incredibly passionate about kids and families, and partnering them with the church, and seeing parents win at home. He is incredibly blessed with his beautiful wife, Mary Beth, and five amazing, wild, and awesome boys!

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