Their names are written in ink in the margins of my Bible:
Nancy. Juliann. Michelle. Alex. Teri. Tracy.
There are others.
They are brothers and sisters who have answered my question: “Friend, what’s your life verse?”
Perhaps the term — life verse — is new to you. Here’s a definition. It’s a verse that may define your life, or how God has worked in your life. It may be something that gives you inspiration or direction. Perhaps it’s something that you cling to in dark times. Or maybe it’s a piece of scripture that brought you to a belief in Jesus Christ.
I became familiar with the term only about two years ago when I wrote a piece for The One Year Life Verse Devotional, a book published by Tyndale. The book includes short stories penned by some amazing people — Josh McDowell, Joni Eareckson Tada, Chuck Colson, Dr. James and Shirley Dobson, Elisabeth Elliot and Lee Strobel. And then there are a few no-names like me. But whether we’re famous or not, we have one thing in common. Make that two things: we all have a life verse, and we all head-over-heels crazy about Christ.
Flipping through my Bible this morning, I came across the name of a dear friend who once shared with me her life verse. I paused to pray for her, as I do whenever I come across a name in the margin. And now, I ask you: “Friend, what’s your life verse?”
Will you share with me? I would like to write your name in my Bible and pray for you each time I come across your name — as I have done for my friends here in Iowa.
P.S. — One of my life verses (I have two) is found in Mark 9:24: “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” This is a verse I prayed repeatedly as I moved from unbelief to faith in Christ.
More recently, I have adopted Psalm 63:3: “… your love is better than life.” There is nothing better than God’s love. Nothing. No, nothing.