What is this about a life verse?
You may or may not have heard people speak of their "life verse". What are they talking about? Why do you need one? From what I've gathered on different sites and from talking to many folks, is a life verse is one verse from the Bible that you've chosen to be your mantra. The one you will commit to memory and be willing and able to recite back to folks. And since there are over 31,000 verses in the bible, you should be able to find one no problem. Sounds great.... until I started to try and find one! There are so many that I love, that pulled my heart strings, and that seemed like they should be a life verse.
Decisions decisions! Here are my front runners, (for now-there may be more later)
1Timothy 6:11- Pursue a righteous and a Godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, & gentleness.
Psalm 34:10- Those who see the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
Joshua 1:9- Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or troubled. The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
Psalms 37:4- Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Lamentations 3:22-23- God's mercy is bigger than any of your mistakes.
Aren't those awesome verses? It's so hard to choose one! How do you choose? These are tips I've come up with to help me narrow the search:
1. Reflect on what your weaknesses are. Now, don't go getting yourself into a depressed mood. Just look back in your journal or think about the last prayers you've prayed. Is there a common theme? Maybe relationship trouble. If that's your problem areas, then maybe your weakness is wanting to feel loved or to have a stability in your life. Which isn't necessarily a weakness, just a temporary problem area.
2. Once you've decided what your trouble area is, then start contemplating on one word that sums it up.
3. After you've found your word, then look up and copy down verses that are on that subject that jump out at you. Write down many and pray about them. See which one is working for you.
Now, this is if you have a trouble area. I suspect everyone does, but if you'd rather go about it in a different way, you can also figure out what makes you the happiest while thinking about it. Does God's amazing love make you feel happy? Then check out verses having to do with that.
It's not hard to collect quite a few verses that are standing out to you, the problem I'm running into is having too many awesome choices! As of now, the verses mentioned above are my front runners. And I will continue to pray about each one and give it some time to simmer in my heart.
However, I do think that one life verse may be a little too much to commit to. How about a "Year Life Verse"? A verse to keep for a year? I think I like that one better!
What do you guys think? Do you have a life verse?