When I first started my walk with Christ at 22 years old I wanted something that would connect me, bind me, and help me be tethered to my Heavenly Father.
A friend suggested that I pick out a verse in the Bible that I could relate to, was passionate about, or that had a special meaning to me.
I pickedJames 1:19, Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
As a brand new baby Christian the thing that I struggled with most was my mouth (can anyone relate?). I had lots of opinions and I felt it was my obligation to share those with anyone who might listen. (I have gotten a whole lot better with this, but dh would say that I am not “fixed” yet on this.)
Then when I went into full-time ministry I needed another verse for the new adventure in my life. I felt that I had learned to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and was ready to take on a new truth to adopt as my own. 1 John 3:18 – “Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” …quickly became my heart…you see, I am a get it done kind of girl and I don’t take lightly to people just talking unless they are going to back it up with some ACTION!
But over the last couple of months the Lord has laid it on my heart to pick a new life verse. I wrestled with it a bit because I am still so passionate about James 1:19 and 1 John 3:18 but I feel the Lord leading me toActs 20:24 – But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love.
So, here I am…on the journey, ready to be used by Him for Him. I can’t wait to see what He has up His sleeves, but I know that it is WAY better than anything I could have ever dreamed of.