When I got to the inscription part, it was fairly quick jump to include a Bible verse. It was easy to fit my name and phone number on the first line. Using the second line to put my business name (LLC with one employee--me), which is very similar to my given name seemed redundant. Why not a verse?
First verse that entered my mind:
It was the perfect size. The notation would not fit of course, but it was the right size. Then I started thinking, it isn't enough. It doesn't say why to do everything with love.
So I started hitting the search prompts. My searches included:
- Best Bible verses
- Bible verse to inscribe on iPad
- Jesus's favorite Bible verses
- Praise Jesus Bible verses
I was praying when I did this, "Holy Spirit, which verse do you want? Jesus which verse do you want me to use?"
All the searches pretty much gave the same few websites. One link was to a Yahoo question "Which Bible Verse should I use in a tattoo?" Of course that person ironically kept getting quoted Leviticus 19:28 to not get a tattoo, among other verses. Personally I prefer to inscribe my iPad over my arm, but I think if someone is going to get a tattoo, why not use that skin art to witness? It isn't like the people quoting that verse to this person were also not eating bacon as prohibited in Leviticus 11:7-8 and several other places in Leviticus. Of course Peter's dream in Acts 10:9-19 gives us license for the meat, but not sure about the tattoo. It didn't come up in the dream . . . seems like really small, teeny, tiny, potatoes though.
John 3:16 is the most frequent hit, and of course I LOVE that verse. As Fr. John Bartunek explains in this meditation that was sent to me twice by the Catholic Spiritual Direction website. I am not sure if it was an intelligent emailing routine that sent another email because I didn't take the link, or if it was the Holy Spirit, or you know, a Holy Spirit inspired email campaign programmer? My favorite quote from this meditation that I used when I shared it on Facebook,
"In this conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus lays bare the heart of God."
It occurred to me, while John 3:16 is great, and used enough that I didn't need to pick it, the verse should be another one that was spoken by Jesus, a red-letter verse. That narrowed it down to the Gospels and Revelation as the source books.
I ended up selecting "Seek first the Kingdom of God" a portion of Matthew 6:33:
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.
I took out the "ye" because I've been helping my oldest son much with his Grammar homework and the ye is implied.
I would have liked to include his righteousness, because especially here in Lent I've heard that teaching of Jesus renewed in my mind. I am hearing the wake-up to leave the lukewarmness, the tendencies to seek a remedy for my existential loneliness behind, and strive more to turn to God. To wait on the Lord, to immerse myself in scripture to hear his words for me.
Wake-up reminds me that if my older two kids won't get up for Church this coming Sunday on my first attempt, there is going to be a little dousing of water without warning. Well, maybe I will warn them. Actually I've been warning them since I got home from Liturgy last week, the one that they didn't make because they didn't get out of bed and get ready! So, they are just going to get a bit wet if they don't get up.
God is more gentle with me. No dousing.
I do need to turn more often to God, inside and outside of Lent, to seek his Kingship, his Lordship, his righteousness.
To follow the example of Jesus, who rose up after each fall carrying the cross, to complete his mission to be the sacrificial Lamb of God.
|Passion of the Christ: Jesus getting up after a fall|
I also thought that if someone did find the iPad somewhere, this would be a good verse for them to Google too. It would mean more without the notation than "Do everything with love."
Even though I love the following verse, I didn't choose it, because this verse came up twice during basketball season--you know how verses come up, could be the Klove "Encouraging word of the day", it could be on the opposing coach's website as her favorite verse. Anyway, both times this verse came up, my team lost the next big game we played. So, it has now slipped from being my favorite verse. Yes I do realize that losing a game is a very minuscule amount of suffering to learn a lesson that is a remedy for my pride, self-love, and inconstant dependence on God.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters (Colossians 3:23)
You can find other good verses the same way I did with the Google searches above, or here are the best sites I found:
Have an awesome and blessed rest of Lent! As of today, we are past the half-way point. Hope the Lord will sustain you in the resolutions and help you retain the insights you have gained by fasting from the distractions that keep us from the healing power of His presence, His grace!