Details, as cumbersome as they can be, are the stuff that builds character and performance. They may be the difference between just succeeding and excelling. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
A good vacation is all about changing up your life, putting away the daily details of what you do in favor of other things that you don’t often do. The most creative of people see the purpose in that. Leonardo Da Vinci, for example, when asked about getting away asserted that vacations were extremely important to him because when he returned to his artistic work his “judgment (would) be surer, since to remain constantly at work will cause (him) to lose the power of judgment.” Well put. the details of Da Vinci’s paintings and sculptures were prodigious. Perspectives, layers of colors, the subtleties of the sculpturing lines, all of these contributed to a sometimes myopic view of the work. Da Vinci needed a renewed perspective from time to time; to be removed from the details.
Nevertheless, details, as cumbersome as they can be, are the stuff that builds character and performance. They may be the difference between just succeeding and excelling.
Here’s a story. Success is often reached through the little stuff. When Pat Riley coached the Los Angeles Lakers from 1982 to 1990, the team won four NBA championships. In taking over the New York Knicks in 1991, Riley inherited a team with a losing record. But the Knicks seemed able to play above their abilities and even gave the eventual champions, the Chicago Bulls, their hardest competition in the play-offs (that year). How (did) Riley do it? He (said) his talent (lay) in attention to detail. For example, every NBA team studies videotapes and compiles statistics to evaluate players’ game performances. But Riley’s use of these tools (was) more comprehensive than that of his rivals. “We (measured) areas of performance that (were) often ignored: jumping in pursuit of every rebound even if you don’t get it, swatting at every pass, diving for loose balls, letting someone smash into you in order to draw a foul.” After each game, these “effort” statistics (were) punched into a computer. “Effort,” Riley explain(ed), “is what ultimately separates journeyman players from impact players. Knowing how well a player executes all these little things is the key to unlocking career-best performances.” (Robert McGarvey, "Little Things Do Mean a Lot", Reader's Digest.)
In 2 Chronicles 15:17 we read. “Although he did not remove the high places from Israel, Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord, all his life.” Here King Asa put the details of God’s will on the back burner. Although God did not forsake him, he never became the champion king God intended. He took a vacation from the details of God’s overall plan for Israel’s reform. While that may work in our personal life, and with Da Vinci we can say that our judgments are often honed when we decide to get away from the details of life on a regular basis, when it comes to God’s plan for our spiritual well-being, he is in the details as well as the broad sweep of life’s spiritual challenges. He takes no vacation from his plan for our spiritual relationship with him, and we must be careful, to mind the details as well as the broad picture, on our end. Having a passable work-relevant relationship while avoiding the big errors is fine, as this may work for what we do for a living, but it’s never good enough for what we are doing for eternity. God is looking for Christians who execute.
We pray. Thank you Lord for always looking for and expecting the very best from us. Sometimes we become lax and think that good enough is Ok when it comes to doing your will. Forgive us when we fail to remember that you are in the details as well as the broad picture of our lives. Help us Lord to remember that abiding in you means pulling ourselves always closer to the perfection of Jesus Christ our Lord. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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