November 13, 2014

Attention to Detail

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 13, 2014

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.  Luke 12:6-7

Attention to detail communicates care. When we show intimate interest in something or someone, we value them. This is the nature of our heavenly Father. No concern is missed by His interest. Every bird is known by God: each cardinal, sparrow, black bird, vulture, robin, eagle, condor, blue bird, hummingbird, wren, dove and quail is cared for by God.

Yet the value of a bird compared to the value of a person is really incomparable. It is like comparing the value of a glass sliver to a radiant diamond. It is the cost of a bicycle in contrast to a Mercedes. It is like setting a bird’s nest and a mansion side by side. It is laughable to surmise any kind of similarity in value. Yet God values you like the jewelry, the automobile and the home. Your worth far outweighs all of His creation.

You are the pinnacle in the portfolio of Christ’s creation. You are His most valued asset—He knows and understands the details of your life. You may be right in the middle of a maze of uncertainty. Life could not be more confusing. Your marriage is in chaos. Your career has hit a dead-end. Your finances are at a new low. Your motivation to move forward is like wading in molasses. Life may not be fun right now.

However, the one with an eye on the sparrow has His heart on you. His care is beyond your comprehension. He is relentless and reassuring in His compassion. Let Him into the details of your life—He already knows and He has your best interest in mind. Your heavenly Father knows what’s best for you. No need to fear—God is near. He is as near as a prayer. His attention to detail invites you to trust and lean into His great love.

Since Jesus values details, shouldn’t we? Of course, thoughtful and responsible people care about details because they represent what’s important to you or someone else. But details are not always easy to keep up with. They can become cumbersome and cranky. This is why you surround yourself with people passionate about areas you are not.

It may be time to trust others with the critical details screaming for your attention. They will probably do a better job than you in managing them anyway. You are still accountable for the details, but give a trusted advisor the responsibility.  You cannot cover all the details well,  but with a gifted few friends you will go far.

Be aware of the overall details and give close attention to the ones only you can manage. Otherwise, you will be average at best in your execution. Most of all trust God and others with the shepherding of details. However as you trust, provide friendly follow up. Do for others what God does for you. He gives attention to the details of your life—no need to fear and worry for you are God’s most valued creation in all the world. He cares for you.

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them” (Matthew 6:31-32).

Prayer: What details of my life do I need to entrust to the Lord and what details do I need to focus on?

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