January 18, 2011

All the Small Things

Chuck Noll said, “Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else.”

As we are in the beginning of planting Crossroads Vineyard here in Huber Heights, Ohio, this quote seems very applicable. I read it a while back in Tony Dungy’s book Quiet Strength. He was talking about his approach to coaching, and how this quote was the basis for his coaching philosophy.

It isn’t a bad philosophy to have as a church planter either.

Too many churches are trying to be the coolest, the biggest, the greatest...the something. “Edgy,” “creative,” and “cutting edge” have all become buzz words for creating ministries that reach the lost. Maybe what we need is not another lame attempt to do something new, but rather a commitment to doing the small things well. Not that those who attempt such thing are being disobedient, but sometimes the rhetoric seems to imply that if someone is REALLY wanting to reach the lost it would look more like this or be more “creative,” or whatever.

Instead, let’s commit to doing the small things well. Visiting people...doing acts of service...making sure we things are neat and in order...following up on visitors...caring for people when they are hurting...preaching the Word of God...praying for the lost and those who are hurting...listening to God’s voice and going for it with everything we’ve got!

This doesn’t take a genius to figure out, and that is a good thing; otherwise I couldn’t do it. We just have to learn to do the small things well.

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love...Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." Mother Theresa

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