November 3, 2014

An interview with pastor Bill Hybels on the secrets for living life with more energy, focus, and peace. Bill is the author of Simplify: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul.

BILL HYBELS:  A long time ago I decided that I needed a life verse. I looked at hundreds of different verses to decide which one was I going to hang onto and kind of put over the mantle, of the door of my life.

And I decided I was going to go with 1 Corinthians 15:58 because that verse has resonated with me from the moment I read it. I’ve preached on it before. It says be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that your work is never in vain if it is in the Lord. I love that first part of the verse – be steadfast, be a pillar person, be immovable, never cave-in. And then it says be abounding – be abounding in the work of the Lord. Don’t go at the work of the Lord halfway.

Be all in. Full on. Fired up about the work of the Lord. And the part that I really, really like is it says that if you live your life that way, nothing will be in vain. You won’t get to the end of the day and say, “that was a waste of a day.” You won’t get to the end of the year and say, “I blew an entire 12-month period of time.” I love the verse, and it motivates me to stay dialed into the purposes of God. It helps me know that I’m not wasting my life and it goes through my head many times a day pretty much every single day.

So if you choose a life verse or even a series of verses that are really gonna guide your path in an area of your life and if you start going down that path and you feel the honor and the blessing of God on your life for going down that path some of your friends might think you’re being a bit extreme. I’ve had this happen in my own life.

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if every Christ follower would find a life verse and be motivated by it throughout every day of their Christian life. Can you imagine the decisions that would be made? And the kind of values that people would uphold? The commitments that people would make and keep because they had the word of God kind of whispering in their ear all the time. How quickly people would express their regrets if they did something wrong. How quickly people would move toward reconciliation if there was some rift in a relationship. When you have a scripture-driven consciousness, it motivates you to make decisions that align with God’s will in this life.

See Part 6, Your Choice – Forgiveness or Bitterness from our interview with pastor Bill Hybels.