Word of the Day… July 15, 2014…

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Of Parrots and Eagles,

 Part One

by Charles R. Swindoll

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end,  so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. Hebrews 6:11-12


We are running shy of eagles, and we’re running over with parrots.
Content to sit safely on our evangelical perches and repeat in rapid-fire falsetto our religious words, we are fast becoming overpopulated with bright-colored birds having soft bellies, big beaks, and little heads. What would help to balance things out would be a lot more keen-eyed, wide-winged creatures willing to soar out and up, exploring the illimitable ranges of the kingdom of God … willing to return with a brief report on their findings before they leave the nest again for another fascinating adventure.


Parrot people are much different than eagle thinkers. They like to stay in the same cage, pick over the same pan full of seeds, and listen to the same words over and over again until they can say them with ease. They like company too. Lots of attention, a scratch here, a snuggle there, and they’ll stay for years right on the same perch. You and I can’t remember the last time we saw one fly. Parrots like the predictable, the secure, the strokes they get from their mutual admiration society.


Not eagles. There’s not a predictable pinion in their wings! They think. They love to think. They are driven with this inner urge to search, to discover, to learn. And that means they’re courageous, tough-minded, willing to ask the hard questions as they bypass the routine in vigorous pursuit of the truth. The whole truth. “The deep things of God”—-fresh from the Himalayan heights, where the thin air makes thoughts pure and clear—-rather than the tired, worn distillations of humanity. And unlike the intellectually impoverished parrot, eagles take risks getting their food because they hate anything that comes from a small dish of picked-over seeds … it’s boring, dull, repetitious, and dry.


Although rare, eagles are not completely extinct in the historic skies of the church. Thomas Aquinas was one, as were Augustine and Bunyan, Wycliffe and Huss. So were G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Robert Dick Wilson, J. Gresham Machen, W. R. Nicoll, and A. W. Tozer.
Many of the reformers qualify, as do John Newton, George Whitefield, and a long line of nonconformists—-original thinkers whose lives were interwoven through the treasured tapestry of the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries.


And in our day? We could name some … but they are increasingly rarer, as the “Entertain Me” philosophy of the public outshouts those who plead, “Make me think!”


Have you fallen prey to a similar mind-set? Do you find yourself contentedly sitting on your perch, pecking at dry morsels rather than longing for the skies? Think about it.I really hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did!!! God Bless You!!!  Maranatha!!!

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Word of the Day… July 14, 2014…


Through the FireHe knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.—Job 23:10
God specializes in putting us in situations where only He can delivers us. That way, we can’t “thank our lucky stars” or compliment ourselves on our own cleverness or resourcefulness. Rather, we must say, “Only God could have done this.” The Lord wants to receive the glory for what He does. And He clearly says in Scripture that He will not give His glory to another (see Isaiah 42:8).
It reminds us of a man who knew something about suffering, whose very name, in fact, is synonymous with the word. I am speaking, of course, of Job. Here was a man who lost his children, his home, and everything he owned, including his health.
Job had a lot of questions, the same questions that many of us have. He said, “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him, that I might come to His seat! I would present my case before Him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which He would answer me, and understand what He would say to me” (Job 23:3-5).
Job honestly admitted what he was struggling with. Then he added what would become a classic statement of faith: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Job was saying, “I don’t know what’s is going on. I don’t know why God has allowed these things to happen. But I know this: when I am tested, I will come forth as gold.” That was God’s objective for Job. And it’s His objective for you, too.
This was a great devotional from Pastor Greg.  I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.  God Bless You!!!  Maranatha!!! http://dlvr.it/6KfxFf

Word of the Day… July 11, 2014…

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Idols,

Part Two

by Charles R. Swindoll


Jacob Moves to BethelThen God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods which are among you, and purify yourselves and change your garments; and let us arise and go up to Bethel, and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me wherever I have gone.” So they gave to Jacob all the foreign gods which they had and the rings which were in their ears, and Jacob hid them under the oak which was near Shechem.  Genesis 35:1–4


Yesterday we talked about how the Israelites began to worship what started out as a good thing but became too much of a good thing: a bronze serpent they called “Nehushtan.”


We can make an idol out of anything or anyone in life. A church building can become an idol to us, when all the while it is simply a place to meet and worship our Lord—nothing more. Your child can become your idol … in subtle ways you can so adore that little one that your whole life revolves around the child. Your mate or date can be given first place in your life and literally idolized. Your work can easily become your god … as can some pursuit in life. A house, a lawn, an antique, a car, a letter in sports, an education, a trip abroad, an achievement, and even that goal of “retirement” can so grip your heart that it becomes your Nehushtan.


Don’t miss my point. There’s nothing necessarily wrong with any of these good things. To possess them—any or all of them—is not sinful. But it is sinful when they possess us! Therein lies the difference. It’s that sort of thing that turns a golden dream into a hollow chunk of bronze.
Honestly now … can you testify to the fact that you’ve destroyed the idols? Can you really say you are free from bronze anchors? That Christ reigns without a rival? Or would you have to admit to a personal shrine in your inner temple where you privately burn incense?


“Where your treasure is,” says the Lord, “there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34), and “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34 NIV). What does that actually mean? What you invest your time and treasure in, what you talk about, what you keep returning to in your mind reveals what’s really on your heart. It’s just that simple.
Your Lord and Savior wants to occupy first place. Matthew 6:33 says that when He has it, everything else “will be added to you.” How long has it been since you’ve enlisted your Lord’s help in a private, personal temple-cleansing session? It’s so easy to get attached to idols—good things, inappropriately adored. But when you have Jesus in the center of the room, everything else only junks up the decor.


“He is also head of the body, the church,” wrote Paul, “and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” (Colossians 1:18).
Did you get that? First place in everything.
Everything.

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Word of the Day… July 8, 2014….

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The Giant That Slew David

by Charles R. Swindoll

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.  Joshua 1:8


During my days in New England, I heard of a teacher who quizzed a group of college-bound high school juniors and seniors on the Bible. The quiz preceded a Bible-as-literature course he planned to teach at the Newton (Massachusetts) High School, generally considered one of the best public schools in the nation. Among the most astounding findings he got from the students were:


Sodom and Gomorrah were lovers.Jezebel was Ahab’s donkey.The four horsemen appeared on the Acropolis.The New Testament Gospels were written by Matthew, Mark, Luther, and John.Eve was created from an apple.Jesus was baptized by Moses.


Seriously! The answer that took the cake was given by a fellow who was in the top 5 percent of the graduating class, academically.
The question: What was Golgotha?The answer: Golgotha was the name of the giant who slew the apostle David. 


If it were not so pathetic, it would be hilarious. Isn’t it amazing how pitifully illiterate John Q. Public is of the written Word of God? In a land filled with churches and chapels, temples and tabernacles, there is only an insignificant handful of fairly well-informed students of the Book of books. We have Scriptures in hardback, paperback, cloth, and leather … versions and paraphrases too numerous to count, red-letter editions along with various sizes of print on the page … Bibles as big as a library dictionary and as small as one frame of microfilm … yet the years roll by as one generation after another passes on its biblical illiteracy.


Our nation’s technical knowledge and scientific expertise overshadow our grasp of Bible basics to an appalling degree. We are moving toward an era similar to the Dark Ages … when copies of the Scriptures were chained to the pulpit in the secret language of the clergy … when the public was kept stone ignorant of the life-changing teachings of the truth. But I see one great difference. In those days biblical ignorance was forced … in our day it is voluntary. Therein lies the saddest fact of all.


Upon whom do we rest the blame? Some would say the seminaries of America. Indeed, part of the problem does rest there. Others blame the pulpits of our land. That’s possible, for a mist in the pulpit will invariably cause a fog in the pew. Far too many preachers are specializing in “longhorn” sermons—-a point here and a point there with a lot of bull in between.


Still others would blame this satanic, pressurized system we call the world—-society—-with its persuasive pleadings and so-called academic arguments against what is termed “a fanatical, foolish belief in the Bible.” To embrace its truths, we have been told, is tantamount to committing intellectual suicide. The morticians promoting this lie have nothing to offer in its place beyond the grave, I might add, except a cold hole in the ground.


But in the final analysis, ignorance is a personal choice—-your choice. If something is going to plug the dike, it will take your finger to stop the leak … and I mean fast.  I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

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Your Love Guard Me Through The Night


TONIGHT I Pray that the Lord to help you to put off anger, loss of temper and bitterness and put on being tenderhearted and sensitive! You may have some obstacles in your path, but the good news is, the Power that is in you is greater than any power that is against you. I pray that the power of the Holy Spirit gives you the power that you need to resist the enemy! The Holy Spirit can conquer all of the storms in your life!!! Take His hand and as you walk with Him be as the birds that fly into the WIND as it pushes against them, it moves them higher into the heavens. That even in the worst storms the Lord will hold you in His arms and allow you to rest in Him.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!    God bless you!!! http://dlvr.it/672ghv

Science Proving The Bible True Yet Again… Homosexuality Is A CHOICE….

Is the ‘Gay Gene’ a Myth? Scientists Say Homosexuality Impossible to Determine by DNA

 

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CHICAGO – The results of a comprehensive scientific study released earlier this year suggest that homosexuality cannot be directly traced to a ‘gay gene,’ but is instead dependent on a variety of factors, including environmental and social influences.

Pro-homosexual activists have long claimed that homosexuality and abnormal “sexual orientations” are primarily caused by genetic factors. They argue that individuals with a hereditary “gay gene” are predisposed toward same-sex attractions and thus unable to appreciate traditional marriages.

However, scientific findings released earlier this year during the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago call this premise into question. During the meeting, Michael Bailey of Northwestern University unveiled comprehensive research results which suggest that genetics alone do not determine “sexual orientation.”

In his research, Bailey and other scientists examined the DNA of 400 men who described themselves as homosexual. Ultimately, the researchers concluded that homosexuality cannot be traced to specific genes.

“The genes were neither sufficient, nor necessary, to make any of the men gay,” wrote Ian Sample, science correspondent for The Guardian.

The findings show that it is impossible to accurately predict a person’s sexual behavior by solely examining DNA.

“The flawed thinking behind a genetic test for sexual orientation is clear from studies of twins, which show that the identical twin of a gay man, who carries an exact replica of his brother’s DNA, is more likely to be straight than gay,” The Guardian article continues. “That means even a perfect genetic test that picked up every gene linked to sexual orientation would still be less effective than flipping a coin.”

Alan Sanders, a Northwestern University professor who led the recent study, confirmed that the “gay gene” theory is largely unfounded.

“We don’t think genetics is the whole story,” Sanders stated, according to The Telegraph. “It’s not.”

Though the scientists maintained that genetics do at least partly influence sexual orientation, these recent findings undermine the belief that homosexuality is predetermined. Environmental factors, such as the absence of a father or an unhealthy domestic upbringing, might play significant roles.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association says the scientific findings show that homosexual behavior is ultimately an individual choice.

“Without a genetic causation, sexual preference in behavior is clearly a choice, a choice which no one is compelled to make,” Fischer wrote in a column last week. “And that choice can be evaluated in any number of ways, including whether or not it is good for human health and whether or not same-sex households are sub-optimal nurturing environments for vulnerable young children.”

“If homosexual conduct is ultimately a matter of choice,” Fischer continued, “then the homosexual lobby has nothing, because homosexual conduct is clearly harmful to human beings in any number of ways, not the least of which is serving as the leading cause of HIV/AIDS, which can leave young men disease-ridden and destined for an early grave.”

“I am not persuaded that genes are even a contributing factor,” he added. “But even if they are, the great news is that if individuals are not biologically predetermined to pursue the homosexual lifestyle, then change is possible as a matter of scientific fact. This leads to one simple, salient truth: there is hope for the homosexual.”

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Word of the Day… June 17, 2014…

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If He Wills You ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”—James 4:15


The book of Acts tells the story of Philip and how the Lord was blessing him in Samaria as he preached the gospel. Everything was going well. People were coming to faith.


Miracles were taking place.


Then God told him to go to the desert. And not only did God tell him to go to the desert, but He told him to go to Gaza, to a desolate road that was rarely used. And not only did He tell him to go to this rarely used road, but He told him to go at the hottest time of the day. Essentially God said, “Go out to the middle of the desert to a deserted road in the middle of the afternoon, and I will show you what to do next.”


Sometimes the will of God doesn’t make sense. We may plan to do a certain thing, but God may intervene. He might have another plan. The idea is that we should remember God in our plans, and we should also remember He may change our plans.


Often in his writings, the apostle Paul would refer to the will of God for his life. He told the believers at Ephesus he would return to them for renewed ministry if God willed. And he wrote to the Corinthians that he planned to visit them if the Lord willed. That is important for us to factor into our plans as well. We always should remember, “If the Lord wills.”
Sometimes the Lord will lead us differently from where we would like to go. But what we must come to recognize is that the will of God is perfect, and we should never be afraid of it.


I really like this devotional by Pastor Greg.  I think we can all see the hand of God working in all of our lives daily.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! 

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Science Proving the Bible Correct Once Again….

The Flood waters Arrive:
It came about after the seven days, that the water of the flood came upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates of the sky were opened. The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.… Genesis 7: 10-12

‘Underground oceans’ potentially have 3 times more water than surface - study

Published time: June 13, 2014 13:33
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Natural resourcesScienceUSA

A scientific study has revealed an enormous reservoir with three times the volume of all the oceans combined in Earth’s mantle. The discovery could shed light on the origin of the planet’s oceans and seas.

Scientists have long pondered where Earth’s seas and oceans originated. Some geologists believe water was brought here on the back of comets that struck the planet millions of years ago, but this new discovery gives credence to an altogether different theory.

"It’s good evidence the Earth’s water came from within," Steven Jacobsen of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who co-authored the study in Science journal, told the New Scientist. “I think we are finally seeing evidence for a whole-Earth water cycle, which may help explain the vast amount of liquid water on the surface of our habitable planet.” 

The research appears to back up the idea that Earth’s oceans gradually oozed out from the planet’s interior. 

“We should be grateful for this deep reservoir,” s
aid Jacobsen. “If it wasn’t there, it would be on the surface of the Earth, and mountain tops would be the only land poking out.” 

The study revealed the water itself is actually hidden away 700km under the surface in a rock known as ringwoodite. The substance lies in the mantle – a layer of hot rock that separates the Earth’s surface from its core. 

Jacobson suggests that this layer might act like a buffer for the world’s oceans and may explain why they have stayed the same size for millions of years. 

To find Earth’s inner ocean, Jacobson and his team used 2,000 seismometers to measure the seismic waves produced by over 500 earthquakes. 

The researchers then calculated the speed of the waves as they passed through different layers of rock. They eventually picked up on the ringwoodite because the waves significantly slowed down, suggesting the presence of water. 

“It’s rock with water along the boundaries between the grains, almost as if they’re sweating,” said Jacobsen. He examined how ringwoodite might behave 700km beneath the surface by creating the same conditions in the lab, exposing samples to massive temperatures and crushing pressure. 

This study has only revealed evidence of ringwoodite beneath the US and Jacobson now wants to find out whether the substance exists in other parts of the globe, reports New Scientist.

Word of the Day… June 15, 2014…

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Forgetting God

You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.   —James 4:14


There was a time in my life when I could remember every week and month and year. Now I remember decades more easily than I remember individual years. Time seems to go by so quickly.


When Billy Graham was asked what had been his greatest surprise in life, he answered, “The brevity of it.”


That is so true. Time marches on. Scripture certainly echoes this idea of the shortness of human life. Job said, “Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good” (Job 9:25). David said, “Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor” (Psalm 39:5).


And James posed this question: “For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). James wasn’t asking a philosophical question but a more descriptive one. A better way to translate it would be, “What sort of life do you have?”


It is also important to note that he was speaking to Christians who were involved in the world of commerce, those who seemed to be taking credit where credit was not due. They were boasting of their ability to make money and be successful, and in the process, they were forgetting all about God.


It is always dangerous for us to take credit for what God has given us the ability to do. God warns that He will not share His glory with another. So let’s be careful to not forget God in our lives.This is such a good devotional from Pastor Greg.  It is so true that time passes so quickly.  It seems that the older I get that faster life goes.  When I got lung cancer and was facing death the Lord taught me that He would never leave me.  It didn’t matter if I lived or died I belong to Him and I thank Him, praise Him and give Him all of the glory for it every single day!  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

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Word of the Day… June 9, 2014…

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A Touch of Class, Part One

by Charles R. Swindoll

How lovely are Your dwelling places,O Lord of hosts!My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.  Psalm 84:1-2


It’s gone on long enough. The pigsty in the landscape has to go. If we expect the tourist traffic to increase and the visitors to return to Lake Evangelicalism, we’re gonna have to do something about the ugly ducklings. Some changes are long overdue.


Somebody should’ve tarred ‘n’ feathered the very first stingy board member or strung up the whole squint-eyed, tight-fisted committee way back when. Whoever they were, they did us no favor. They—-and the long line of those who follow in their train—-are the ones who erroneously confuse excellence with extravagance. Somehow, by means of pious-sounding put-downs they succeed in convincing God’s people that God’s work shouldn’t look too nice … that quality is carnality … that taste is waste … that something well done is overdone … that elegance calls for apology, and a touch of class belongs only to the secular.


“If it’s spiritual,” they say, “it shouldn’t be too attractive or very expensive.”


They got their way. Just look around. For years we’ve lived with this reputation. There are some wonderful exceptions on this big lake, I’m glad to say, but not nearly enough. By and large, if the theology of a ministry is conservative so is its architecture. And its furniture. And its appointments. And its equipment. And its salaries. And its honorariums. Even its style smacks of leftovers, afterthoughts, hand-me-downs, and secondhand stuff.


Do you question that? Check with a missionary who recently opened a grab bag of clothing from the States. That’s one of the reasons missionaries need a great sense of humor, by the way. It helps keep them from crying when they shake out the garments the traditional-thinking evangelical church sends their way. I know; I’ve been there when they wear those things for their annual costume party. It’s hilarious.


No, it’s downright tragic. Late one night, thousands of miles from America, after all the fun ‘n’ games were over (when the kids were down and our privacy was secure), a handful of God’s choicest saints on foreign soil told me a few of their secrets. One couple said that they had recently received a box of clothing at least twenty years out of date, soiled, with missing buttons and broken zippers. But the ultimate story was told by the family who said their home church once mailed them a box that included a container of used tea bags. No, it wasn’t meant to be a joke.


Being financially responsible is one thing. Being ridiculously frugal is quite another. Why have we embraced the idea that elegance and class have no place on the spectrum of spirituality? Since when is it more spiritual to play a beat-up old upright than a fine baby grand? What makes us less comfortable working and worshiping in lovely surroundings than in plain ones? Who ever said that humility and beauty cannot coexist?


I’m honest; I’ve searched the Scriptures to find statements that support such an extreme emphasis on cutting every economic corner. The only place I find support for that (you’re not going to like this) is in the personal realm, not in the realm of God’s work. God’s Word encourages us to be prudent individuals but generous (dare I say extravagant?) with Him. Time and again in the pages of God’s Book, the saints are exhorted to be magnanimous, liberal, openhanded … to such an extreme that some today would find themselves almost ill at ease surrounded by such opulent loveliness.


Think it over. Do you see yourself in these words? How can you be a partner with the Lord in a pursuit of excellence and a commitment to beauty?  Love this devotional and I couldn’t agree more.   My God is large and in charge.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!! 

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Word of the Day… June 7, 2014…

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Small but Deadly

Every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  —James 3:7–8


Some years ago I went to the Rose Parade. One of the most memorable sights of this impressive parade is when I saw a man riding down Colorado Boulevard on the back of a buffalo. I had never seen anything quite like it. I have seen buffaloes in the wild, but I had never seen anyone actually ride one. With nothing more than a bit and a bridle, the rider came galloping down the street on this beast. It was unbelievable. It just shows you what a little bit can do.


A horse controlled by a bit can render a great service. But uncontrolled, it can do much harm. In the same way, a tongue controlled by Jesus Christ can be a great blessing. But uncontrolled, it can do much damage. Just as a horse is controlled by a bit, we are controlled by our words. Think about it: one word or one statement can determine the course of our lives. For example, saying “I will” to the claims of Christ can change our eternal destiny. Our words so dramatically affect the course that our lives will take.


James says “the tongue is a little member” (3:5), which simply means that it is a small part of our body. But it can do so much damage. We may see someone with bulging biceps and muscular legs and feel intimidated. But what we ought to be worried about is that little two ounce slab of mucus membrane in his mouth — the tongue. That can do more damage than anything else.


This is a really good word from Pastor Greg for today.  I know that all of us struggle with our tongue.  I know there are many times I end up on my knees because of mine.  I am just so happy that I have a Lord who loves and forgives me.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!!

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Word of the Day… June 6, 2014….

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The Small Stuff

by Charles R. Swindoll

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.   Colossians 3:17


“Don’t sweat the small stuff.”


Somebody said that to me the other day. It helped … momentarily. I needed reality’s nudge. Being casual on the outside but a fairly thorough and disciplined soul within, I sometimes need to be reminded that few people will even notice the thing I’m camping on. Or care, for that matter. So? So sweating the small stuff can occasionally be a drag.
But there’s another side to that coin. Greatness and the attention to detail, in my opinion, are welded together. A great piece of music is like that—-carefully arranged orchestration carrying out a majestic melody with the whole sound of harmony. Haunting chords, rhythm, and lyrics. The choral group that performs is also committed to the fine line. Not much room for “don’t sweat the small stuff” philosophy.


A great piece of writing is equally a masterpiece of detail. Phrases are turned. Words are chosen, shaped, sometimes chiseled so as to dovetail into the precise meaning or description the author requires. And behind such exactness, such literary beauty? Sweat. Trust me, a lot of sweat. Because great writing, like great music, comprises not only sweeping, broad-brush scenes but also small stuff, which takes time … so very much time.


Great artwork is the same. Look at the masters. Observe the choice of colors, the texture, the shading. Study the lines on that ton of white marble to which Michelangelo once put his hands. Those fluid lines in David’s form don’t just happen to flow. It’s no accident that you’re surprised to find the stonework cold to the touch. Something that real is supposed to have warm blood in it. Why? Because the Italian genius labored long hours over the small stuff. Something inside his head could settle for nothing less.


A solid biblical basis for such an emphasis on quality is not hard to find. Consider the superb manner in which the tabernacle was designed and constructed. Next, the temple built during Solomon’s rule … with its “windows with artistic frames,” elaborate beams, winding stairways, gold-covered cherubim, and “stone prepared at the quarry” so that “neither hammer nor axe nor iron tool [would be] heard in the house while it was being built” (1 Kings 6:4-8, 28). The name of God was exalted as people witnessed such detailed beauty. It still is.


What is true of grand music, great writing, priceless art, and quality construction is also true of the way some still practice medicine or law, do their architectural drawings, teach their students, type their letters, preach their sermons, play their instruments, cook meals, fix cars, coach teams, sell insurance, run a business, a home, a school, a restaurant, or a ministry. It makes them stand out in bold relief … clearly a cut above the average. It’s not for the money or for the glory or for the fame it may bring. It’s simply a matter of deep-seated personal pride and commitment. Nothing less satisfies. It all boils down to fine, rare, quality craftsmanship.


Decide now to do something special in the next twenty-four hours—-something no one may ever notice except you and your Creator—-in which you can demonstrate high-quality workmanship. While you’re deciding what to do, read with reverence the first chapter of Genesis—-and think about workmanship. 


Sometimes the small stuff is a big deal. I hope that you were blessed by this devotional as much as I am!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

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