Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Big Picture

The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close-up.
Chuck Palahniuk

I recently posted this on my Facebook profile. It's amazing how so many people get caught up in the details of life. Yes, details are important, but really, in a week, a month or a year...will it still matter as much? Isn't the "big picture" our ultimate goal?

As a Christian, it's also tough to see the "big picture" at times. It's easy to get caught up in the details of what the Bible says rather than focusing on the whole message. It's also easy to find people who take the Bible out of context and/or twist things to suit their own desires. Yes, the scriptures can be confusing and interpreted in several ways, but there are some definite things that are not taught through the scriptures because they are showing love.

It's tough to step back and look at the whole picture of our lives. We get caught up in the details of what we want and what we have, but no longer want. I think of the picture like a puzzle. Each piece is important for the whole, but it's not worth spending energy and mental power on it if you can't make that piece fit immediately. Perhaps we need to try some other pieces then come back to that piece when it does fit. God puts those pieces in our lives. The pieces won't fit when we want them to fit, but when He wants them to fit.

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