Welcome to Monday Mayhem! I’m Vanessa, and today, I thought I’d give you a little peak into the source of [most] of my mayhem. We’re talking this time about life verses. Recently I had a pretty lively discussion around the dinner table with my children about life verses.
First let me set the scene. The table is covered with many things, but mostly things that have nothing to do with dinner. My daughter Bethany has moved seats three different times during the meal. She also screamed when her brother Isaac sat on the bench she was trying to move and squashed her wrist in the process. James, the twelve year old has come and gone from the table a few times. When he realized Levi was refusing to eat until he finished cleaning his room, James left his food at the table and went to help him. Btw, Levi’s refusal was due to my threat to make him move out of the big boy room because he didn’t want to pick up his Legos. Natan has eaten more pizza than any 3 year old I’ve ever known. He also has done a few laps around the house which could be contributing to his massive appetite. My husband has made a quick appearance to eat and then returned to his project outside.
This, my friends, is the scene for the conversation that took place regarding life verses. It started out as an interview of my oldest who has actually chosen a life verse. As I began asking him questions, the rest of the crew chimed in. I’ll warn you, there may be a few errors in my little people’s theology, but there’s also a few good points, and definitely some laughs in between!
Isaac is 14 and he chose his life verse when he was about 8 years old.
Isaiah 41:10 is the first verse that actually made sense to him. He was asked to memorize it, and he says it just stuck with him. Isaac defines a life verse as “a verse that you can live your life off or a verse that inspires you in some way as far as your faith is concerned or life in general.”
Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear for I am with you. Do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” In the last few years this verse has become helpful to Isaac as he has entered the world of sports. He began with football, and he really thought he wanted to go the long run with it. But then he discovered how much he enjoyed basketball. Currently Isaac is working towards making a spot on his high school basketball team. He says, when he’s out on the court, the verse helps him remember that God is with him and that God is the one who gives him the strength and energy to play.
I asked what type of advice Isaac would give to someone who didn’t have a life verse, but would like to find one. He says first you need to pray, and then actually read your bible. I thought that was some great advice.
James chimed in then.
He loves to play the devil’s advocate. He wanted to know what you would do if you didn’t find a verse right away. We never answered that question because Levi popped in with a question about people who didn’t have a bible and couldn’t get one. Isaac’s response, “If you have a phone you can have a bible.”
I asked if having a life verse was important. James had an immediate “Yes!” Isaac says it depends on the person. He says if you are the type of person who is inspired by scripture in general, you might have several verses that speak to you. James agreed that this was truth. Then Levi added that your life verse also depends on where you’re at in your life. He says sometimes your life verse depends on what you’re going through.
When I asked if anybody else had something to add, the conversation took a very interesting turn. Bethany, age 5, piped up to say that she had a life verse.
“Really, what is it,” I said.
“Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. WAIT! What is a life verse?”
Yall, I couldn’t not stop myself from laughing out loud.
Then Natan, age 3, popped in to say that his life verse is red and funny and it won’t let him fall. Natan has an obsession with the color red at this moment. It is his favorite and EVERYTHING in his life must be red or he doesn’t like it.
Natan’s comment prompted some interesting conversation and a little bit of research about Jesus’ sense of humor. Of course a red scripture made me think of the words of Christ which are written in red in some versions of the Bible. Isaac wanted to know if there were any scriptures about Jesus laughing. We talked about some of the parables and different things Jesus said or did. We found that there is actually a book written about the humor of Christ. It’s the first book ever that has made it to Isaac’s read list voluntarily!!
We finished out our discussion with a question that Isaac posed: “Can someone have a life book? … or would that just be a favorite book of the Bible?” Well son, I don’t know what we’d call it but I definitely think someone can have a book of the Bible that they really connect with. Isaac said his favorite book of the Bible so far is Genesis. He really loves all the stories in there, but he also said he hasn’t read the whole Bible yet, so this may change as he reads more.
Bethany got the final comment of the night. She said, “I just love God so much.”
Well guys, this is a bit of what a normal dinner looks like in my home. Running, and screaming. Interesting comments and confusing ones. There was laughter and a few good points. There was a big mess to clean up afterwards. It was complete and totally Mayhem! And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Come back Friday, and I’ll tell you about my life verse.