Have you ever been the type of person that reads a book by glancing at the first few pages and then skipping to the back to find out how it ends? Sometimes books are too boring or too long or just not your thing. I admit that I have done this before as well.
There is a term used by editors and adopted since the early days of the Internet - tl;dr. You’ve probably seen the acronym and you’ve probably even lived by it too. And my guess is, you and I have both judged some passages in the Bible by it.
If you look at the Bible’s opening sentences, you’ll read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” And then there’s lots of words and pages, so if you skip to see how it ends, you’ll come across “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” What!? What on earth just happened?
My friends, if you can answer that question, you will discover the one, seamless story of God.
As you begin reading chapter 1 in The Story books, whether it’s kids reading the kids’ books or adults in the adult book, you will have a choice, do I avoid it, do I skim it or do I really try to answer the question.
And just so you know, tl;dr stands for too long, didn’t read. If you have made it this far in the email, well done. I’m praying for you.