Monday, March 17, 2008

Verses to Live By

I'm a firm believer in the concept that it's the simple, foundational truths that mean the most. I've heard it said that "everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten." I'm not sure that's totally true, but I can see their point. In our spiritual lives, it's easy to make it complicated. We can get so caught up with the latest book, or chasing after some new idea that will take us to the "next level," that we forget the simple truths of God's word. A while ago, someone asked me to give advice to graduating seniors, and I came up with this list of four verses that serve as my life theme. I certainly don't live up to them all the time, and that's why it's always important to come back to the fundamentals.

1. Matthew 7:12 - The Golden Rule. Why is it so hard to treat others the way that we want them to treat us? Even though I learned this lesson when I was just a toddler, and I've tried to teach it to my kids, it's still something that takes work.

2. Matthew 25:22,23 - Small things matter! I've met a lot of people who complain about where they are in life, but have yet to learn this lesson. The way you handle the small things in life, whether it's at your job, the way you handle your finances, or even in relationships, will affect your ability to handle bigger things down the line. Use what God has given you, even if it's not a lot, and God will reward you.

3. Matthew 6:33 - Keep your priorities straight! Sometimes we get worried about our lives and what our next steps are. But this verse promises that if we stay focused on Him, He will make sure that we are taken care of.

4. Philippians 2:1-11 - Get over yourself! When you start feeling like you've given all you can give, remember the sacrifice that Christ paid to come to earth and die for us. Nothing we could ever do could repay what we have received.

What are some verses that you live by?


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Anonymous said...

Hey pastor Mark hope you are well to answer your ? proverbs 3:5-6
its the easiest to believe yet one of the hardest to live when hard
times hit

Anonymous said...

I agree. There are many very straight forward
scriptures that fit this category that you are talking
about. Proverbs 3:5,6..."Trust in the LORD with all
your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in
all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your
paths straight."
Philippians 4:5,6,7 says, "Rejoice in the LORD always
I will say it again: REJOICE! Let your gentleness be
evident to all. The LORD is near. Do not be anxious
about anything but, in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to
God. And the peace of God which transcends all
understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds
in Christ Jesus."
Psalm 3:5 I lie down and sleep, I wake again, because
the LORD sustains me."
Here are three of many scripture that are foundational
for me.
I understand that God is in charge of "everything" in
my life. Even when I thought I was in charge before
being Born Again...

Mark Lunsford said...

You both mentioned Proverbs 3:5,6. That's one of my theme verses as well! Thanks for sharing!