Do Not Merely Exist BLESSED SINGLENESS + FORSAKING IT ALL SAIL THE HIGH SEAS + BIBLE MAN ARMOR

Details Matter

February 22, 2011

Believe it or not, the details matter. But what's the reasoning behind the details? Why are they there? And what are they for? Isn't the Big Picture good enough? Why should the details--the small, more intricate pieces matter? And why should we take such an interest in them?
Truth is, no one wants to have to think about the small things in life--the details. Who wants to be bogged down by the small details when the Big Picture looks flawless? 
The fact is that when the small details don't coincide together to create a unified, solid structure, essay, work of art, or the perfect song, there is no strong and secure foundation, viable argument or plot. Instead you get a very crazy, cheap looking piece of art and the worst song in the history of bad songs.
If the pieces don't fit together like a puzzle, then it becomes a jumbled mess of confusion and chaos. In relation to this, when we are growing in our relationship with Christ, and establishing a firm, unwavering foundation, it's very important to pay attention to the finer details. If we fail to do so, we can easily end up in a situation much like the man who build his home upon the sand. He didn't pay attention and ignored the tiny details.  

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”~Matt 7:24-27
And if we don't put into practice the teachings of God, we'll surely end up with a soggy pile of sand; a wet, squishy, sinking foundation. We must submerse ourselves in the Word daily, dwell in the words of the Lord, and put them into practice. Firm foundations can tough out the harshest storms. Just look at the Palm tree. No matter how bad the storm is, the roots--the foundation--of that tree go so deep into the earth that they never yield to the force of the tropical storms, or blinding hurricanes. 
That's what we should want out foundation in Christ to be like--firmly planted on solid ground. In Susie Shellenberger's book Devotionals for Teens, she mentions that while we'd rather not get involved in the finer details, it's "important to pay attention to the details." She also says that God, who is not a author of confusion, knows and understands how busy we are. He doesn't want to "burden us with so many details that [we] become spiritually frustrated and give up."
 Two very important details we should remember and focus on, are:
  1. Being committed to God requires 100%
  2. Being committed to God requires meeting with God daily. 
We cannot begin to build a firm foundation until we commit and surrender to God. Keep focused, meet with your heavenly father daily in prayer. Build that foundation so when that storm comes, you can stand strong. 

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful."~ Col 4:2

2 comments

  1. Loved this post! 'so when that storm comes, you can stand strong.' Beautifully written Emily! So true! The small details are so important! :) Again, I love all the pictures!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi, I'm Abigail, just found your blog through Samarah's. Details are so improtant! Every details makes up something big.
    Glad I found your blog!
    Abigail @ Amazed By Grace

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Please keep your comments clean. So, please no foul language.