A friend of mine lost a bunch of weight not too long ago. It was the little things, like being sure to exercise 3 days per week, not just two. And he started watching meal portions, and deciding to not eat that afternoon cookie. And within a year, he lost at least 25 pounds.
And a recent study indicates that in order to reduce obesity rates, children need to eliminate an average of 64 calories per day. That means eating one less chocolate chip cookie (90 calories) or drinking less Kool-Aid (4 oz = 60 calories), or it means physical activity for an extra 15 minutes per day. Small choices can add up to big effects.
But do you usually think that radical changes are needed to have a big effect? To lose weight, you might immediately think to start a crash diet, or having to be at the gym for 10 hours per week. And when changes are needed in your children’s ministry, do you immediately think about new curriculum or a new building? While sometimes drastic changes are needed (especially when your are limited by a narrow time-frame), you can usually accomplish a lot of good by making small changes.
What do small changes look like? Here are some ideas that are minimal time and money investments:
- Starting a pre-service prayer time, or a prayer time during the week.
- Making slight changes to regular events, like asking veteran leaders to lead parts of training events.
- Recruiting and empowering one or two Volunteer Coaches (instead of feeling like you need 10 at once).
- Carry a 3×5 card with you on Sundays, to jot down thoughts about how your ministry can be improved.
- Figure out one thing that you are doing that you can delegate. In the long-run, you’ll be amazed about how much it frees you up.
What can you add to this list? What small changes have you made which have had long-term effects?