Bethany sent a great photo this morning. The Long and the Short of it – Sarah, the Short; Jordan, the Long – both students at Penn State. Jordan plays basketball (duh); Sarah, well, plays with Bethany. She wanted to show how short Sarah was (God loves short people, Sarah. Ignore Bethany) so she asked this tall drink of water (not buying water I don’t think) if he would pose.
The long and the short of it. Adorable.
Did you ask him his shoe size, Bethany??
The Long and the Short of it = the Gist, the Substance, the One True Thing
I like that word Gist. We need to use it more.
What’s your long (and short) of it? What’s the Main Thing for you–your gist? If you had a 40-second elevator ride with a stranger and they asked, “So what’s your deal?” – what would you say? And if your elevator got stuck, what more would you say?
Jesus knew how to answer that question (before elevators.)
…the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with this question:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (Matthew 22: 34-39, NIV)
Don’t know what God has for you today? The long and the short: He wants you to love Him and others. That’s it.
Want to know why? He loves you.
He created us because He loved us. He’s the Ultimate Host: “Come to Me.” All because of love. That’s His welcome heart. All for you and me–short and long–and for all odd-shaped others on (and in) your way.
Prayer for today:
“Lord, God in heaven, Thank You for your great love for me. Help me live out of that gist, that substance, that truth. May Your love grow deep and wide in me, short and long from me –just because You love me. I love You, Sue.”
Paul knew the long and the short of it, too:
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:17-19
How will your day be different because of God’s love–for you, in you, through you? That’s what counts. Long or short. Jesus said.