Bill Hybels continues Chapter 8 of Simplify with a detailed definition of a life verse:
“A life verse is a short passage of Scripture that serves as a rallying cry to guide and focus the current season in your life, or your life as a whole. Carefully chosen after prayerful consideration, a life verse resonates with you in a personal way and . . . continually guides you back to God’s mission and vision for your life.”
Pastor Hybels notes his life verse has been remarkably helpful in keeping his life simplified. He has adopted an overall life verse, and at various times added other verses to help him navigate specific seasons. When adverse times have left Bill without words to express his dejection, writing his life verse over and over again or repeating it out loud has left him centered, anchored, and renewed.
The author then gives three reasons for choosing a life verse. The first reason is discussed today.
REASON #1: It clarifies what matters most. God uniquely has gifted you for the assignment He has given you in this world. Thus, your life verse will be a reflection of God’s specific guidelines in your life. Pastor Hybels writes that you must maintain focus on your core Christian beliefs:
“When we are steadfast and immovable in our commitment to core Christian beliefs, it clarifies how we live our lives. It has a simplifying effect.”
Today’s question: What do you believe is God’s unique assignment for you in this world? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the new Short Meditation, “Yo Cliff!”