Ask A PastorMay 13, 2015

By Rev. Beverly Kahle, St. Paul’s UCC, Nashville

Q. What Bible story/verse most helps you through the day?  How does it encourage you?

A. Pastors, like everyone else need encouragement and inspiration. I find that I have a variety of Bible verses and stories that I rely on for different life events and my own moods. However, saying that, I think we each have special verses that I like to call “life verses” that guide and direct us.

If you grew up in a liturgical, mainline Christian church, chances are you went through a process called Confirmation and were given a memory verse to help guide your life. Mine was Revelation 3:11 – “Behold I am coming soon. Hold fast to what you have so that no one may seize your crown.” I like this verse which is part of the message to the angel of the church in Philadelphia as over the years it has spoken to me about the need to endure suffering, persecution, and to not lose heart.

However, God has given me another verse that speaks directly to me and my shortcomings and strengths. This one is from Philippians 2:4 – “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” This verse helps me with a struggle that I have regarding balance – being too selfish and then being too self-effacing. It reminds me that I have value and that I am entitled to have my own time and likes and dislikes, while at the same time cautioning me about going overboard – to remember to look out for others. In short; live a life of balance – take care of myself and care for those that God puts into my path.

What about you? What are your favorite passages that help you? If you are unsure or would like to know more about using the Bible for encouragement or strength, talk with your pastor. If you do not have a pastor, we have several wonderful ones here in the Nashville area with good congregations. Visit with one and maybe find not just Biblical encouragement, but a more personal touch. May God speak to you and give you the message you need for where you are! God Bless!

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