You can help me win this.

For the past two weeks, I have been encouraging everyone I know (and some that I don’t) to vote for my blog in the Kidmin Blogging Madness.  It has been a fun experience and I am excited to be a part of the final four among some real kids’ ministry all-stars, Sam Luce, Jim Wideman, and Justyn Smith.  I have been generously supported along the way and I am so grateful for those that have tweeted, blogged, emailed, or otherwise supported me this far.  I am also hopeful and excited about the possibility of taking home the championship and, with that, an iPad 2.

But, when I started this blog, I didn’t do so to win a contest or to get a bunch of free stuff or even to make a name for myself.  While all of those things are nice, I started this blog to provide high quality content to the small town children’s leader.  I started this blog to encourage everyone who works with kids, especially those in small churches, to give their best every single day and to never settle for anything less than excellent.  I started this blog to remind you that just because your church is small, it doesn’t mean your ministry has to be!  I’ve encouraged you to go big, even when it doesn’t count.

That being said, I want to get back to providing you great content.  I have had more visitors this past week than ever before and Saturday and Sunday (which are usually my slowest days) were my two biggest days ever!  I want you new visitors to experience what I’m all about.  I want to remind those of you who have been around for a while why you use your valuable time to read this blog.  I’ve got what I think is great stuff coming out this week.  I will still be trying to get your votes in the final four, but I thought I’d earn them instead of just begging for them.

As always, I am thankful that you stopped by and I hope you will be inspired this week to not just do what God has called you to do, but to do it well.  I’d love it if you would vote for me in the final four, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d rather you subscribe to this blog via email or RSS.  Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter.