It’s All in the Details
I like the quote in the picture above but another saying also comes to mind; “The devil’s in the details.” If living is loving it’s the details that make the difference between life and just existing.
The truth is that loving others, loving ourselves, ain’t easy. We human beings can be a mass of endless contradictions. We long to do good but often choose evil. We want to stand for what’s right and just but sitting on our morals takes less fortitude. We desire to serve those in need unless it means giving up cherished comforts. We hope to see the best in each other but a self righteous, judgmental attitude creeps into our spirits. We seek to be caring, gentle, humble and grace filled but our egos trample everyone and everything.
Yes, the details. The details of loving imperfect, shallow, selfish, sinful people living in a broken world. How do we do this? I like what Saint Paul said to a young believer who was learning the difficult lesson of loving difficult people;
“Jesus came to love and save sinners”— and I am the worst of all of them. But God had mercy on me and I’m a prime example of his great patience, love and grace. For if God can love someone like me he can love anyone and so can you.” 1st letter to Timothy, chapter 1
This is how we learn to love; by remembering how unlovable we are and yet someone loved us anyway.
Maybe it’s love, not the devil, that’s in the details too.