Short People

Whether you’ve been called short, vertically challenged, half-pint, small fry, pipsqueak, squirt, or oompa loompa, if you’re less than average height, you have been made aware that others have noticed it.  I’ve discovered that over the years I have shrunk an inch.  Since I was only 5′ 7″ tall to begin with and with the average height of American males being just under 5′ 10″, I guess I definitely fall into this category.

Short People                               Short People

Back in 1977 Randy Newman wrote a humorous (and totally politically incorrect) ditty that got a great deal of airtime.  One part really stood out for me:

Short people are just the same as you and I,
A fool such as I.
All men are brothers until the day they die.
It’s a wonderful world.

Criticisms of various aspect of our lives is something that we have all faced at one time or another.  Someone is too rich, while another is too poor.  Someone else is too loud, another is too quiet.  That one is too affectionate, another is too standoffish.  One may dress too flamboyantly, another ‘s clothing is too drab.  There’s an athletic sports star next to a reclining couch potato.

These extremes occur in every facet of every life.  Fortunately, as Peter noted to the Gentiles, I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.….…(Acts 10:34-35)  Paul wrote, For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  To the Galatians Paul wrote, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28)  To the Colossians he wrote to those who have put on the new self who are being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him–a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.

So regardless where you are on the spectrum of physical attributes, mental acuity, personality, or talent, God loves you and sent His Son to die for your sins.  He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. (II Corinthians 5:15)

Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.  (James 2:17-18)  But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.   You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. (James 2:22)

 

God will give you the exact amount of intelligence, beauty, size, personality, finances, etc., for you to accomplish the works that He has set for you.  To Him you are perfect.  Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)  Even if you’re short

In other words, “I’m not too short…my feet reach the ground.” (anonymous child)

 

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