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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

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    Saturday
    Jul172010

    Life Verse

    Do you have a "life verse"? This is Christian vernacular for a verse from the Bible that you have become especially attached to, because it spoke to a situation in your life at some point, and continues to do so.

     

    I have always looked very young (I credit it to clean living and a joyful heart :) ). Even at twenty-six, many people think I cannot be older than twenty-one, and that's pushing it. When I was pregnant with my children, I received reproachful stares from others despite the rings on my left hand.

     

    I have a lot of fun with people when they ask me, "Just how old are you?" and I always win the prize at the "Guess My Age/Weight" booth in theme parks.

     

    Written on two post-it-notes and stuck to my bedroom mirror (though it tends to merge and become one with the mirror most days), this passage originally caught my attention when I first became a Christian in Jr. High School.

     

    1 Timothy 4:12-16, "Do not let them look down upon you because you are young, but set an example...in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity...devote yourself to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, and to teaching...watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."

     

     Embarrassingly, I had to look up the address of this scripture (the book, chapter, and verse numbers), and I cannot quote it verbatim anymore (I paraphrased it to, "Do not let them look down upon you because you are young, but in all things set an example for Christ". Verbatim is much better.), but it has served so far as a life-long reminder for me to not be intimidated, pressured, or concede something wrong is right by those who appear older, wiser, or more spiritual than I.

     

    This is not to say I never seek counsel from my elders (which I do often and from a variety), but appearances can be deceiving, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7).

     

    God has called every person to test all things-ideas, concepts, words, even spirits and their manifestations (how they act, what they do)-against the Bible, "Test everything" (1 Thessalonians 5:21).

     

    This is regardless of a person's/spirit's status, religious background, education (or lack thereof), personal experiences, etc. Even well-meaning, well-loved, charming people (like yours truly) can and do make mistakes.

     

    "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" (Acts 17:11). The Bereans tested Paul's words, of all people! 

     

    1 Timothy 4:12-16, "Do not let them look down upon you because you are young, but set an example...in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity...devote yourself to the public reading of scripture, to preaching, and to teaching...watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers."

     

    How to live life in a nutshell.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Interesting. I too have always looked far younger than I am, and it has caused me considerable problems. I often had people come to my door and ask for my mother, or on the phone. I was refused coupons at Kroger's when I was almost 30 because she didn't think I was 18 yet. Just last year, one of the girls in our youth group thought I was 30. I'm still not sure if she just didn't need glasses. LOL. Anyway, it was also difficult to get people to listen to me. I used the scripture in Timothy often.
    What I have learned in time, now that I am at an age when you would expect at least some people to listen to you, is that we are a people who do not listen--not to God, not to our elders, not to those in authority, not even to our spouses and peers. There is always someone older, more "experienced," smarter, or wiser than I (or at least they think so).
    No, I have to speak because I am being led by the Holy Spirit. That is where my authority comes from. He guides me in what to say even if I am brought before rulers and princes. That is where Jesus got His authority from even at the age of 12 in the temple. That is where Paul got his authority, etc. You see, God IS older, more experienced, smarter, and wiser than everyone, so no one has an excuse not to listen when He speaks through anyone--old or yo

    July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShari Grgory

    Even two years later, this is a great reminder. Thanks for sharing!

    July 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterA Christian

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