My friend will notice EVERYTHING about the present.
Reference: v.2 He overlaid it with pure gold, both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: As it’s nearing closer to Christmas, I am slowly getting all my presents in order. I’ve been to the shops a couple of times and I’ve been able to purchase a decent amount of the gifts I need already.
Buying the gift is one thing, however, then I need to wrap them all. If it’s a simple box then my wrapping skills seem to cover it well. However, with any bizarre shaped present I find my wrapping skills are seriously challenged.
This doesn’t worry me too much (it’s the thought that counts, right?) unless I am wrapping a present for a particular friend.
This friend is an extreme details person. She will notice EVERYTHING about the present. It’s not just the actual item that is the gift, but she appreciates the time and effort you go to in order to make the present look beautiful.
While presenting a gift to a details person may seem daunting, it is nice to know that they will appreciate all the effort you go to when you go the extra mile.
Application: When I give a gift to my details friend I make sure that I do not cut any corners, because I want it to be perfect, knowing that she will notice.
When the Israelites were building The Ark – the place where God’s presence would be – they also did not want to cut any corners. I noticed that they even laid the inside of the ark with gold, not just the outside.
While no one else would have noticed the difference, they knew that God would notice. And God was so important to them that they wanted every detail to be perfect for Him.
So often when we do things we try to cut corners or do just enough to get by. But our God is a details God. He notices all the things we do and the effort we put in. It’s important to have the integrity to do a job fully and to completion, to show that we are thorough in everything we do.
Prayer: Lord, we just have to look at the amazing things in creation to see that you are a details God. Thank you for taking the time and the effort to make our world beautiful. May we use our skills to do the same. Amen.
What could you be more thorough in?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.