A Year of Evidence: Part 6 Evidence in Details
Dr. Dennis Demuth
Deuteronomy 11 speaks of all the blessings of the promised land and God’s provision. Verse 22 places the reception of these blessings on diligently (carefully) keeping all the commandments which God commanded. Obedience to detail assured access to the blessings of God.
Success in Small Things
Bryan Blair, president of Goals Guy and author of Everything Counts stressed the importance of details. “If you long to accomplish great and noble tasks, you first must learn to approach every task as though it were great and noble. Even the grandest project depends on the success of the smallest components. The popular philosophy that instructs us not to ‘sweat the small stuff’ is flawed, because it breeds poor customer service, under-performance, wasted opportunity, mistakes, inconsistencies, rework, and oversights.”
“From typos to tardiness, many people and organizations act as if details just don’t matter much. The result of this mindset is that they treat customers poorly, deliver sloppy results, and show up both unprepared and late.
“Many people downplay small details, dismissing them as minutia—the “small stuff” that we’re encouraged to ignore. But in fact, our entire environment is simply an accumulation of tiny details. Although we measure our lives in years, we live them in days, hours, minutes and seconds.”
Every Action Counts
Blair continues, “Every action—every detail of our lives–has bottom-line repercussions; and it’s dangerous and derogatory to think of any of those details as trivial, unimportant or inconsequential.
“Crime scene investigators know that it’s often the smallest, most obscure detail that results in the arrest and prosecution of criminals.
“Athletes and coaches are all too aware that one minor misjudgment can swing momentum to their competitor and result in a loss rather than a win.
“Doctors and nurses understand that the slightest mistake or loss of focus can result in a tragic situation that carries massive liability.
“Business people carefully oversee the details of their products and services, knowing that one simple slip-up can cause a series of events that negatively impacts the bottom line, brand integrity, and public perception.
“Engineers and architects know that the stability of the most gigantic structure depends on the integrity of its smallest element; a failed bolt or a misplaced pin can have huge consequences.”
Blair concludes, “Ultimately, the key to quality in every aspect of our lives is doing little things correctly — all the time, every time, — so that each action produces a quality result. “
As Christian educators there are lots of details found in lesson planning, preparation and delivery, managing classroom behavior, monitoring attitudes, correcting ill habits, training responsibility, and teaching respect of authority, people and property. Attention to details are required in preparing students for tests, fostering attention in the classroom, establishing positive relationships among students, giving and correcting homework, monitoring words spoken in the classroom and hallways, to name a few.
Attending to these details provides evidence that teachers are concerned about quality. Experiencing the highest levels of success requires hundreds of instructional, behavioral, and spiritual details repeated perfectly day in and day out to create an environment of excellence. See 1 Tim. 4:11-16.