My friend Denise gave me a great idea. She emailed her verse for 2008, Proverbs 4:23:

Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.

I had never considered choosing a verse of focus for the year but thought it was a great idea and picked II Peter 1:5-9, which is actually verses….

So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with integrity; and to integrity add knowledge; to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness; to godliness add Christian affection; and to Christian affection add love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others.
With these qualities, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of Jesus Christ. Without these qualities, you can’t see what is right before you.

Mine is a long one, but the passage incorporates pretty much everything I want to focus on. I’ve been memorizing it for a couple weeks now and almost have it.
poppies.jpgWhat about you? How about considering your verse for 2008? If you’re not very experienced with the Bible, crack practically any of the Psalms and you’re likely to find something good. Others may share their favorite verses for suggestions.
Or perhaps you have a favorite quote you’d like to live by this year. My favorite is by Gwendolyn Brooks:

Nevertheless, live. Conduct your blooming in the noise and whip of the whirlwind.

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