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Life Verse

Written by Chuck Olson

May 2013 – Talk about something that puts gas in your tank!

Under the banner of Lead With Your Life, Inc., I have the can-you-believe-I-get-to-do-this privilege to disciple leaders—not just any leaders, but Kingdom leaders—people who are serious about making a difference with their lives. We’ve branded these leadership discipleship groups “Rock Solid”, with an endgame of developing leaders who are rock solid on the inside and dangerous for the Kingdom on the outside.

In pursuit of our endgame, we have a pre-flight checklist of objectives that includes developing a Personal Profile—a document that catalogs a variety of essential ingredients about a leader’s identity, calling, strengths, etc. (btw, if you’d like to get a copy, just email me at chuck@leadwithyourlife.flywheelsites.com).

One of the items stashed away in the Personal Profile is to tag a Life Verse.

So what’s a Life Verse? My own personal working definition is that a Life Verse is a verse or short passage from the Scriptures that resonates with a truth you want or need to be reminded of repeatedly.

A Life Verse serves a leader in many ways. It may inspire you when you’re flat. It may challenge you when you’re soft. It may guide you when you’re lost. It may encourage you when you’re down. You get the picture.

My own Life Verse is Galatians 2:20.

My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.
So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God,
Who loved me and gave Himself for me.

I have chosen Galatians 2:20 as my Life Verse because it reminds me…

  • that it’s NOT about me—which is my default setting (see Genesis 3!).
  • that I have the moment-by-moment indwelling presence of Christ Himself. I’m never on my own. Never outmatched.
  • that the divine game plan for my life is TRUST. I’m called to a no-holds-barred confidence in and reliance on Christ.
  • that the Person in whom my trust is placed has displayed His love for me in innumerable and undeniable terms.

Rehearsing my Life Verse is how I start my day. And perhaps more importantly, it’s how I recalibrate my day, throughout the day. It calls me out. At times, it smacks me on the side of the head. Like the defib paddles, it jolts me back to reality.

Do you have a Life Verse? If not, I’d encourage you to peg one. Test drive it. Kick the tires. I believe you will find it of significant value in your life and leadership.

Take your Life Verse and pin it on your SUV dashboard. Pin it on your bathroom mirror. Pin it on your refrigerator. But most of all, pin it on your heart.

And let its truth transform.

 

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE VERSE?

AND HOW HAS IT MADE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR DAILY JOURNEY?

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Chuck Olson

As founder and president of Lead With Your Life, Dr. Chuck Olson is passionate about inspiring, resourcing and equipping Kingdom leaders to lead from the inside out.  To lead, not with the external shell of positions, achievements or titles, but from an internal commitment to a deep, abiding and transparent relationship with Jesus. Serving as a pastor and leadership coach for over forty years, Chuck has a track record of building these truths deep into the lives of both ministry and marketplace leaders.

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