My life changed radically in May 1994 when I was asked to give leadership to a church that had been known as “the flagship” of the Pentecostal Assemblies Of Canada.
I needed all the help I could get to lead.
The words of Joshua 1:8 caught my attention. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged. I will be with you wherever you go.”
Courage and inner strength would come in handy, I thought.
When You Have Big Shoes To Fill
Joshua was a novice leader. He served as an assistant to Moses, the greatest prophet and deliverer of Israel’s history. Moses died. Now, Joshua was “the guy.” There were high expectations and big shoes for him to fill.
Like Joshua, I had never been “the guy.” I served in assistant and associate pastoral roles but never as the “buck stopper.”
Joshua was to lead God’s people into their promised future. That was my role for the church family at Central.
What A Life Verse Is
* A life verse is a short passage from the Bible that serves as a rallying cry to focus and guide your life.
* It brings clarity, inspiration and resolve unlike other Bible verses.
* It serves to continually keep you on track with God’s purpose and mission for your life.
* It is what you can lean into in challenging times.
3 Benefits Of A Life Verse
Bill Hybels lists three benefits of a life verse in his book, “Simplify:”
- It clarifies what matters most.
- It calls out the best in me.
- It creates assurance.
My life verse coached me through some fearfully-thin financial times and a facility relocation process that was thick with discouragement and drama.
I discovered that fear and discouragement are the hounds of leadership and the tenacity demanded of leaders is sustained only by inner strength and courage.
God commanded Joshua to not be afraid or discouraged. Note the use of “commanded.” Not “encouraged” or “inspired.”
With courage being “commanded” of Joshua, I re-thought my assumptions of where strength and courage originate. I discovered from experience that courage and inner strength are by-products of tenacious obedience to God.
Obeying God makes you courageous even if you don’t feel courageous.
How To Choose A Life Verse
1. Make It Personal
Pick a verse that can help you where you most need support. My life verse found me. I needed courage and strength. My verse showed me how to experience them. Find a verse that fills the gaps in your life.
2. A Call to Action
An effective life verse serves as a call to action. Find one that drives you to act on the things that matter most.
Don’t pick a whole chapter or even a series of verses as your life verse. It should be succinct enough to memorize. Your verse should be concise enough to be repeatable in the crush of crisis.
Pick a verse that leaves you better after you read it. All verses are true but not all are hope-filled. Your verse should be inspiring, encouraging, uplifting and positive. It should motivate you and infuse you with hope.
When picking your life verse go through your Bible and see which verses you have underlined or starred or circled. Read the verses out loud. One will resonate with your spirit. That’s your life verse.
Choosing a verse doesn’t mean you can’t change it. You’re not stuck with it. There are no hard and fast rules for this practice. In fact, you may have a few life verses through the course of your life.
Once you choose your verse, commit it to memory. Write it in your journal. Post it in places you will see throughout your day. I wrote my life verse in the front of my Bible. I often write it in my daily journal.
Got a life verse? If not why not find one now, or let it find you. Use it as a tool to keep you centered on God’s call for your life.
APPLICATION: What is your life verse? Please leave a comment below.
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