SKOSH.. From the Japanese word "sukoshi," pronounced skosh. That also means a little bit. For example, "I'll have just a skosh of that pie..."
Skosh is a great underutilized word, and though I don't recall Skosh ever making it into any translations of the Bible I am sure it can by implied and rest assured it will be in my Back Pew paraphrase. In fact I would like to create a Skosh-Meter to measure small amounts (a skosh) of.. 'stuff' you cannot measure with your standard ruler or scale.
For example, Ned crossed through the Red Sea with the nation of Israel in Exodus 14 and the Skosh Meter would indicate with just a Skosh of faith.
when God asks Adam and Eve "Did you eat of the forbidden fruit?" .. They answered in unison.. "Umm.. maybe just a skosh."
the Skosh-Meter is waved and.. beep, beep, beep
Oh they ate more than a skosh.
Then out of the pages of the Back Pew Bible paraphrase and into those loving words shared between a husband and wife.
Wife: "Honey, are these pants too tight?"
Husband: "umm, maybe just a .. skosh tight"
Ok on this one, don't wave your Skosh-Meter anywhere near your wife's butt (can I say butt?) You might as well paraphrase President Trump and say "My dear, you look a bit BIGLY for those pants!
Then if I had a SKOSH-METER to measure my love for God
Let's try it on God's two greatest commandments.
Q: Do I love the lord God with all my heart and soul and mind, and others as myself.
A: After a long work day, I would sigh, but still say.. Yes
But.. I am not really sure what my trusty SKOSH-METER will say. I want it to be pegged all the way to the right by the words WITH ALL MY HEART, and far from the left side of the skosh-meter by the red letters -just a skosh- and no beeping sounds please
Then again, I really don't want a Skosh-Meter thank you very much. I prefer God's grace and God's Truth better. God will not reject me from Heaven for scoring 67/100 on Heaven's Entrance Exam. He knows I have problems memorizing scriptures and story problems confuse me.
I mean missing out on Heaven by 3 lousy points (technically a skosh) is very un-Godlike. *note* To those of you that I worried for a moment.. There is no Entrance Exam. No minimum score.. only grace for the repentant heart.
But seriously back to loving God with all your heart soul and mind and others as yourself. These truly are the two greatest commandments and my daily pursuit until someday Heaven. Pursue God with my whole heart (not a skosh) put all (not a skosh) of your hope in Him, and I believe my love cannot help but grow for Him and a natural extension of this love for God is a love for others.
May God bless each of you in your journey to know God, and.. to know God is to love God.
Oh, and if you ever have theneed to move a mountain.. I hear just a skosh of faith (mustard seed size for you gardeners) you can toss it into the sea.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson