Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Forget the devil, God is in the details

   The popular saying is that "The devil is in the details." I imagine it was first said when someone had gone searching for an error and finally found it hidden in something small. Anyone who has every worked on a car, assembled toys late on Christmas Eve, tried to copy their grandmother's recipe, learned a musical instrument, or any number of other examples can relate.
   God is really into details.Think about it: God created DNA and fingerprints, butterflies and beautiful clouds, every grain of sand and every star in the sky. No two of any of them are the same. Luke 12:7 says, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered.How did God do it? Of course, God is into details.
   Allow me to take a detour; I read this week that Georgia Tech Basketball's coach, Josh Pastner, hired a friend of a friend to come spend three days in Atlanta this month teaching his coaching staff everything you could possibly know about making a lay-up. Some folks have made fun of him, but he believes that teaching his players to make even 1 or 2 more lay-ups they could win a lot more games. But, everyone who has ever played basketball knows that the lay-up is the first thing a kid learns when they pick up a ball. So, why have to relearn it? Because, when you have to execute it surrounded by the other team every detail of how you jump, turn, focus, and even apply finger strength matters. The details matter.
   Do we bring the same attention to details about the most important stuff of our lives? We know how to use a TV remote, and log onto Facebook? What about praying daily? What about reading the Bible with our families? What about saying I'm sorry? God is into the details.
   Grace and peace, Scott

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