Little Things (and Little People) Can Make a Difference

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Steve Willis in Article from The Messenger

     Sometimes it's the little things that make the difference.

     I hear stories like this all the time.

     This past Sunday a new family visited our church.  Going to church is something they’ve only done sporadically over the past few years.  But a co-worker invited the dad to come visit us and he thought, “I’ll give it a try.”

     Upon their entry, a few people greeted the family.  A few more people said “Hello” just before the service began.  The key, however, was an elementary age boy who came over and asked the name of the one of the children and said, “Cool. Glad you’re here.”

     After the service the visiting boy told the dad, “This was the greatest church we’ve ever attended!”

     I doubt the little boy heard one word of my sermon.  He didn’t go off to Children’s Church with the rest of the kids.  But that one friendly smile and a “Hi” from one of his peers made all of the difference.  Just one sentence.

     On the same morning, another family attended.  Somehow, they slipped in and no one said much to them.  I didn’t get a visitor card.  No one greeted them from the balcony.  As soon as the service was over, everyone scattered, and no one offered to show them the church, no one thanked them for attending, no one even shook their hand during the meet and greet after a song.

     Same church.  Same worship service.  Two completely different experiences.

     Largely, the difference was one little boy greeting another little boy.  I don’t know if one of our parents told their son to go greet the new family.  I don’t know if he did it on his own.  All I do know is that the difference between one family feeling welcomed and another leaving disillusioned was a few greetings here and there.

     It doesn’t matter what age you are, what your background is, whether you are rich or poor, YOU add to a worship service from the time you get out of your car in the parking lot.  Make the effort to reach out and say hello to everyone you see, ESPECIALLY those you don’t know.  Introduce yourself.  Share names.  Make sure people know that you are glad they are worshiping with you on the Lord’s Day.

     It’s the little things that lead to big things.  I can’t tell you what big things just yet, but the good news is that something special happened this week because a little boy greeted another little boy.  You never know what difference you make just by saying “Hello!”

--Steve