Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Excellence is in the details.
These are the sayings we hear, but do we realize their importance? As a worship leader, your effectiveness onstage has everything to do with how well you do the little things.
Parenting is full of these lessons, right? For the last two months, my family and I have been living on the road. Currently we’re in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the International Balloon Fiesta. It’s literally incredible.
But you know what? My kids aren’t all that impressed. Don’t get me wrong, they’re enjoying themselves. But I’m not entirely sure my kids will remember the hundreds of balloons filling the sky. You know what Tyler will remember? Riding our bikes to Sonic for a slushie at happy hour. Yep, a bike ride to Sonic.
He won’t remember the fireworks and laser light show as much as he’ll remember doing Ninja Warrior moves in the parking lot.
Success as a parent isn’t about how expensive or massive something is. It’s about creating memories and experiences that your kids will remember. It’s about connection.b
Eugene Peterson said something on Twitter that had me thinking. He said,
“You are at your pastoral best when you are not noticed.”
Well why is that?
I want you to think about that. What if we said you are at your worship-leading finest when you are not noticed? But isn’t that what we crave? We actually love to be noticed. We focus on the tasks and responsibilities that are noticed. But what if we were more in tune with what wasn’t noticed?
What happens when we are not noticed? We don’t focus on how people respond to what we do. We simply do what is right. We don’t crave the attention — we focus on our intention.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
- Actually praying for people
- Making phone calls
- Studying the Bible
- Sharing the Gospel with someone
- Hanging out with your team
It’s the little actions that actually can make the biggest difference. The small steps produce a massive end result. But if you short-circuit the small to reach the massive, your ministry won’t sustain.
It’s kind of like trying to preach without studying the Bible. Or trying to lead worship without being a worshipper. Sure, you can fake it for a while, but in the end it just doesn’t work.