Welcome to 2016 – a new year, and new beginning. As I’ve said at this time of year for many, many years now I love new beginnings! Fresh starts inspire me to try something new, or do something different. So, I’m eagerly awaiting what God will do in and through us as a church this year.
Consider the following story I read today about the importance of paying attention to detail. I must admit, commitment to detail is not something I’m particularly good at. Too often, I overlook the finer detail only to pay the price later! So this story speaks to me.
A woman who travelled abroad without her husband got to Paris and found this fabulous bracelet she’d been looking for. And so she sent an email to her husband saying, “I have found this beautiful bracelet, one I’ve been looking for all my life. It only costs $7,500. Do you think I can buy it?” Her husband decided to email back a short but firm reply; “No, price too high!” But, in his haste, he omitted the comma and the message read’ “No price too high!” Oh, she was thrilled!
Detail matters! Detail matters in day-to-day things too. Detail to values and truth. Family. Our children (grandchildren) need our time. Nurturing little ones in the ways of the Lord can’t be shortcut. If something is important, it requires attention to detail.
So, as you and I head into this new year, let’s consciously consider what things we’ll give more detailed attention too? I close by sharing my key Scripture for this Sunday’s sermon.
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates. (Deut.6:4-9)