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A pangram is a sentence that uses each letter of the alphabet. In English, that would be...26 letters. Granted, many sentences would fit that description. Run-on, wordy and verbose sentences that aren't trying to be pangrams but without more letters, and different, have no choice. The other qualifier for coveted pangram status would be the fact that it necessarily needs to be with as few letters as possible. The word is derived from the prefix pan- which means "everything", "all", and the suffix -gram which refers to something that is written down. Both from the Greek.

The most famous example of a concise pangram is: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog." I found this out early as my penmanship used to be deplorable and the only way my dad in his exasperation with my illegibility could think to improve my penmanship was to have me write. The same sentence, over and over and over. My penmanship is awesome now, by the way.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, on jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (Matthew 5:18)

What Jesus is saying here is that every word, every letter, that God spoke in the Old Testament will come to pass. God spoke a complete sentence and finished it with Jesus. Jesus obeyed His Father perfectly. His thirty-three years on this earth were all that were required to place a period at the end of God's complete sentence. So, Paul and the Apostles and saints of every stripe and devotion follow after, elucidating the finished product. Finding, as do we, that every letter is present in the...great sentence of God. And I don't mean to overpronounce it.

Some people's lives are like lipograms. Whereas the pangram uses all the letters, a lipogram deliberately avoids certain letters (ironically, the prefix 'lipo-' means both 'fat' and also 'without'). God wants to have free-reign to be able to speak anything and everything He wants into and through us.

Here's where the rubber meets the road. Each letter of the alphabet occurs with differing frequency. Vowels, obviously taking precedence over consonants. Our lives have overarching high points where we're hitting the mark. Maybe there's a discipline that you perform before the Lord that He honors each time. Maybe tithing. Maybe each time you see a particular peccadillo inherent in someone's temperament, you forgive and ask His mercy for them in that area. Because you know you have the same. Maybe it's something that you've no intention of sharing with the world, because it's between you and your heavenly Father. Whatever the case may be, fine. Bring the same enunciation to the rest of your life. "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me;" What Jesus is saying here is to join with Him in your sojourn. To learn from Him in every area of life. Let God speak every letter of His love and law into your life. Jesus continues: "for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:29-30)

The full life of Jesus is something that God desires everyone to partake of. Not just a select and selected few. Jesus died and rose from the dead so that everyone could walk as He did, and does. Be willing, as the Holy Spirit leads you, to bring everything into His scrutiny so that He can either sanctify it, or bring you something better.

"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6-7)