Under coach John Wooden, the UCLA basketball team won the US national championship for seven straight years.
At the start of each season, he would sit his team down in their locker room and, for a long time – a very long time – they would learn how to put on their socks:
…”Check the heel area. We don’t want any signs of a wrinkle about it…the wrinkle will be sure you get blisters, and those blisters are going to make you lose playing time…”
The lesson wasn’t really about blisters or playing time, it was about doing the basics right, taking care of the details, looking after yourself correctly and being humble enough to sort the small stuff.
‘Winning takes talent,’ John Wooden would say. ‘To repeat it takes character.’
So often, we overlook the small details that really matter.
As I write, we are just embarking on the mammoth task of running our Christmas village that attracts around 2000 people each Christmas.
Hours of planning and hard work have already gone into this two day event that is on again tonight.
To the average person coming through the gates, the village will appear to have just magically landed on the one acre site of our church car park, but I know different.
The smallest of details have all had to be worked on, so that the magic and sparkle of the village will be evident to all…especially the children.
Seemingly inconsequential stuff, if overlooked, will be a ‘wrinkle’ that will end up giving us ‘blisters, when the crowds roll in.
To me, the smallest details, even in how the bow is tied on the base of the huge Christmas tree is important.
Life itself is made of many small details that many of us overlook, failing to realise the importance of doing little things really well.
If you only ever look to make a huge impact ,with your life, then I encourage you to work on the small details first; from there on in, you will build a reputation that will take you far beyond your wildest dreams.
Luke 16:10-12 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
…and by the way, if you haven’t experienced ‘Champions Christmas Village’, it’s not too late…gates open again tonight (Friday 4th Dec) 6-9.30pm. I would love to meet you there!
A daily devotion for a better way of living.