Small things. The critical body temperature of leadership in any spiritual leader can be found most tellingly in what he or she does with small things. The leader who loves and cares for small things well is the leader who pleases the heart of Jesus.
Big timers need not apply.
Loving and tending small things well grows a leader. When he chooses to care for what could be overlooked or ignored, what won't be noticed by others, or what won't land on the ministry report, that leader is learning something of the leadership pattern of Jesus.
Dirt on mens' feet is not important. Jesus cleaned that dirt off. Dead sons of aging widows are not a concern to the Important. Jesus raised such a son and gave him back to his widowed mother. Lame men laying by pools waiting for a miracle are not the way to the Top. Jesus healed such a man. Women getting water at the wrong time of day are not the way to be Spiritual. Jesus brought her to the truly Spiritual--transformation. Small things, tended well.
There is a temptation in the heart of every leader: the temptation to be too important to have time for "that". To be certain that "that" is someone else's job. That "that" is something you've already done ("paid my dues") and don't have to do again--"its somebody else's turn". "That" is often the most important job of every leader. The small thing. The thing that will go unnoticed.
I have two great challenges as a leader: 1) me, 2) my response to small things. The leading, the planning, the organizing, the preaching, the new work, the multiple locations, the staff--none of that is what is most challenging thing about leading. What's hard in my flesh is mastering myself by the Spirit and loving and tending small things with my whole heart realizing that small things are really Big Things in the sight of the spiritual man.
If you are a leader, figure this out. I know you have a calling. I know you've got vision. I know you see great things in your future and perhaps those things are even from God. But you better love and tend to small things now and forever or Jesus will be far from the grand visions of your future. You might achieve those visions and arrive at that calling but you'll be missing what matters most to the heart of God.
The world has no further need for leaders who ignore small things.