I just received a phone call from Bro. Ron (our Business Administrator) telling me that, due to the bad weather, he didn’t go to the office today. I agreed wholeheartedly that he made a good choice. But that simple phone call got the wheels of my mind to turning and I can’t get them to stop. So, I decided to write and share some thoughts to get your wheels to turning.
That simple phone call actually speaks volumes. It was not required, requested, nor even desired. It came as an expression of respect and concern. I trust Bro. Ron. I do not demand that he report to me about every minor issue, nor inform me of every detail. As I said, I trust him. I know him well enough to know that if he should or could do something he would. I’m not looking over his shoulder. Yet he called. While that might seem like a “little” thing to some folks, it’s a big thing to me, and an important thing about his character.
We live in a day when “common courtesies” are not so common. It is a rare thing to see now days. A lot of people are downright rude and inconsiderate. They come and go and do as they please, without any sense of accountability toward or consideration of others. That is a bad trait for anyone, but especially unbecoming for a Christian. We ought to do better than that! Whether on the job, at home, or in the church we ought to be respectful of one another. It’s the right thing to do.
The strange thing is, you can make all the rules you want, but there will be no respect if character is lacking. Every staff member, officer, teacher, worker, and ministry leader knows that they should contact someone if they can’t be on time, present, or able to fulfill their duties, yet some are not so respectful as to make a simple phone call. They wouldn’t do that at their place of employment, but think nothing of it when it comes to church related matters. Why?
Although this article is focused on a simple phone call it isn’t limited to that. The point is that “little” things are of great importance. They might be small, but they are significant. Courtesy toward others speaks volumes about our character. Whether you are a Sunday School teacher, a choir member, an officer, or whatever you do, attention should be given to the “little” things, the common courtesies. After all. this makes up the fabric of our character. Think about it!