My book, that I am now editing, has so consumed me that I continue to neglect blogging. A blog post, for me, generally takes a great deal of my time. I carefully think and research the topic or issue. But there is such a thing as less involved posts! I’m going to attempt to have some briefer posts – starting with this one.
Gasp – I have a “life verse” for the first time! I always felt inept because I never had a life (or favorite) verse as many Christians seem to have one. But on the other hand, I was not sure that having a life verse was even a good idea.
We go through different stages in life, and certain verses are more applicable at different times. One verse may not be able to cover it all. I believe so many things about God – how can I narrow it down to one verse? Of course, I am a wordy person so the thought of one verse is immensely challenging for that reason too. Maybe I could come up with 20 life verses? And that is the core concern: All of the Bible is important (2 Timothy 3:16-17) and focusing on one verse could actually be dangerous or lead to lopsided beliefs. For an excellent blog post about this, see Tim’s blog:: I Can Live Without A “Life Verse” (and so can you).
I completely agree with Tim’s article, yet I now have a life verse! It is Acts 20:24:
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.“
Somehow this seems an ideal verse that will cover all times of my life. No matter what my circumstances, is my life a testament to the good news of God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ? I pray that it will be.
I was not looking for or seeking a life verse, but recent Bible reading and spiritual thoughts brought this verse to my attention. It became real to me in a whole new way. Having read through Acts several times in the past, this verse never jumped out to me before – but now it did.
If you don’t have a life verse, that is okay. I would not suggest going on a hunt for one. But, maybe, at some point, the Lord might direct you to a special verse that will give you hope and direction.