It’s the little things!

560966032_988f4d7bc4_mOne of the most fascinating things to observe is the process of change in people’s lives. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that it is the BIG things that makes the biggest difference but in fact, it’s generally not true. 

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Tipping Point” the power of little things is brought into clear focus. The thesis of the book basically points to the truth that if you do enough little things towards a certain goal and you join those little things together, it all compounds to the point of tipping a brand, product or company over the edge making it viral and in demand.

For example, Malcolm shared a story about the dramatic reduction in the crime rate in New York in the early 90’s. New York in the 1980’s was crime ridden and dangerous. The mayor of New York took responsibility to change the little things that wouldn’t normally be thought of as being able to have a significant impact. These include: removing subway graffiti, placing new train cars on the subway, catching fare evaders, removing the squeegee man and creating mobile police stations on buses that were able to process offenders more quickly through the system. All of these little tweaks contributed to a 76% reduction in crime in New York. It’s the LITTLE things that make a BIG difference. 

In Aussie Rules football it’s well known that it is the 1 per centers of tackling, handballs, shielding and running that can often mean the difference in a game. The same goes for every area of our lives especially our spiritual lives. King Solomon reminds us that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vineyard and to go to the ant and consider her ways. Jesus warned us to beware of the Pharisees for a little leaven leavens the whole lump.

The same is true for church life. Activates growth has come from the little tweaks that are consistently made in all areas of the church, not for change sake but for growth’s sake. While our eyes are focused on the big picture vision, our hands need to be busy doing the 1 per centers: positive attitude, clear communication, encouraging people serving, consistent punctuality, daily devotions, neat work space, inviting somebody to a church service and reading a chapter of a book everyday.

God revealed to me one day clearly that, “Consistency is my greatest testimony.” Like Rome, God’s house won;t be built in a day but if I would posture myself week in and week out to do the little things well, over time it will compound, turn viral and spill over into a harvest. What you sow is what you reap.

Lead the Change!

3 Responses to “It’s the little things!”

  1. Great word. Most people see the end result from a distance, like what they see, desire it and wonder why it “just doesn’t happen” for them… Michael Jordan was known to work & play just as hard in training behind the scenes than he did come “show-time”. I’m sure we can all sharpen up a little in this area.

    “The only way to coast – is down hill” – Zig Ziglar

    • Corey Turner Says:

      Thanks Brent,

      You are a great example of someone who pays attention to the little things.


  2. Rach Wallace Says:

    Love, love LOVE it! This is a relatively new thought pattern for me. I tend to look at the mountains ahead and get discouraged or wonder how on earth to get there. Its easy to be passive in life or feel powerless, waiting for the BIG breakthrough but the reality is that most of what we experience will be determined by the actions and choices we make. Small, consistent changes will get you from where you are to where you want to be.

    I am loving this principle; I remember when you first talked about Tipping point at DNA- it was one of those ‘WOW’ moments for me and something I have thought of frequently since. God tells us to Take no thought for tomorrow, sufficient for the day is its trouble and also says Today if you hear the Holy Spirit do not harden your hearts. I have really been encouraged lately knowing that God leads one day at a time, and being faithful today will get you to where you need to be tomorrow. Not to say there is not a time and place to think ahead, but for my type of personality, it takes a lot of pressure off to know that I don’t have to figure everything out at once.

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