Rule #20: Pay attention to the details.

So to fill in the 10K Challenge It's worth mentioning I am succeeding. It hasn't been a fun process but it has been a healthy one. I am consistently doing 30-45 minutes of exercise 5-6 times per week. This was the goal. I don't reach 10K steps but that was a stretch goal and I'm ok with just the habit of a workout for now. No new goals this time. The 10K challenge was very difficult for me and took months to get into place. Now I've got a baby on the way and my focus is going to change to preparing myself and my life for his/her welcoming. I may make notes about that process on this blog but no promises.

Rule #20 is something I added to my list when I started analyzing why some people put out quality work while others put out slop. Take the difference between a high budget movie and a low budget counterpart. Both have the primary components for film: Script, Setting, Characters, Lighting, Sound, etc. These are big picture items. Each is required to some degree to have a movie at all. But despite having all these components a low budget movie still looks and feels low budget. Why? Details! While both have a script the high-budget movie will write, rewrite, scene study, rewrite, scene study, refine, scene study, etc. By the end of the process the big budget movie is not changing plot lines or even full sentences. They discuss "This word doesn't seem like the best choice for this character. They have shown themselves to be wordy but not pedantic. We should use a less haughty word here." It sounds ridiculous to the outsider but I've been a part of this team. Spending hours refining one sentence to perfection. The end result is a sentence that captures attention, draws the desired audience runs consistent with the character (or in my case event) and drives home not just a word, a phrase, a meaning that continues the story but every word in the sentence actually teaches you something about the character. The same can be said for lighting, sound, settings, props and every other component. The big components determine what something is: Two people getting married at a church is a wedding, A dozen people on a stage with instruments singing and playing in front of an audience is a band performance, a fictitious story cast in front of a camera with lights, audio devices, actors and a director is a film. But the details determine if something is done well.

The quality aspect of details reveals a new meaning to the scripture in Matt 25:23 "you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things." God pays attention to the details. When he scrutinizes your life he looks at ever "Jot and Tittle" that is to say he check to make sure you dotted your I's and crossed your T's. A life in Jesus is a life of serving God in every detail of your life. This doesn't mean every piece of property you own has a scripture written on it. This means he is a part of every aspect of your life. That tiny detail you keep back from him, the friend you shouldn't have, the distracting poster you shouldn't look at, the music you just love the beat of even though the words and message are filth. Inviting God into the details means he has a say in everything. It means inviting him to not just to the big decision of where to live but the small decision like what to wear. Not in a legalistic ask God and wait for an answer about what to eat for breakfast but in a Biblical sense make sure every aspect of your life glorifies God. I try to eat healthy not because I heard Gods voice tell me to but because my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and I want to be able to live a long life bringing him Glory.

The final thought on details comes from the old adage "the devil is in the details". While I refuse to give the devil that much credit I did learn from the principle. One of Gibbs rules from NCIS is "Always be detailed when you lie". Why? Because the details sell the lie. Anyone who has caught someone in a lie learns to listen to the details of a story. Because that is what will reveal the lie. "I took a walk at noon on an East Texas Summer. The shadows of the trees were long and ominous." Wait... noon in east Texas during the summer has no shadows. When the someone, even the devil comes at you with a lie the proof of the lie is in the details. Scour the details, this partners with Rule #6: Don't Believe everything you hear. In one of those posts I use the example of the Pocket Hose. It looks real good with all if it's "new and improved" and "even better than" claims. But ultimately it's a hollow product with really good advertising. And the proof is in the fine print, the details. People lie, the devil always lies. Pay close attention to the details, shine a light on them, scrutinize them. The details will reveal the truth.

In Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (book 3 I think), the characters use an SEP field to cloak their ship from humans. It's a fun idea. The character explains that cloaking, while possible, requires too much power. So instead they simply put a perception filter around the ship. Anyone looking at the ship will see it as somebody else's problem. Maybe to one person it's a hot-dog vendor who is going out of business, to another it's a old shoe that needs to be thrown away. Whatever it takes to make it somebody else's problem. But to close scrutiny, looking at the details will reveal the truth. The devil has been using SEP fields to keep Christians complacent and non-christians apathetic. We don't think criticality because that's someone else's job, someone else's problem. Don't let an SEP field work around you. Pay attention to the details. 


YES! I used the HHGTTG SEP field in a message a few months ago. It's so clever and makes such a good jab at the human race. I really like that way you tied it in here.