Why would anyone resort to inspirational Bible verses as a source of motivation, drive and momentum? This is precisely the challenge I set myself. I dedicate my life to supporting others as they create their ideal lives and achieve their goals. Obviously I practice what I teach, thus every new perspective I add to my knowledge base benefits us all. Hence I set myself the task of discovering what the Bible can offer to people who genuinely want to find a life-journey that is happy, rich and fulfilling. Here are some preliminary findings based upon my experience of using the Bible as a tool for generating a better, more fulfilling life.
Assuming you are not very familiar with the Bible, these two personal recommendations will make your initial quests for inspiration and motivational words immediately successful. First, for the uninitiated, the antiquated language of the Bible can present a challenge, so be sure to use a version of the Bible which uses modern English. I used the Holy Bible New Living Translation, 2nd Edition (Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Illinois – ISBN 13:978-1-4143-0259-1), and found it easy to understand so I could concentrate on the meaning rather than struggle with semantics. Secondly, there is an index at the back which directed me to subjects of particular relevance to me such as inspiration, courage, discipline, gratitude and so on. Thus you don’t have to read whole chapters, you can cherry-pick the passages that suit your current needs bible verse about strength.
I began my search for inspirational Bible verses with the topic of Gratitude. I chose gratitude as a test subject because there is so much contemporary evidence that cultivating an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is a key to happy, successful living. For those of us intent on creating our Ideal Life, it can be difficult to stay focused on the positive and shed any negativity, especially when we are experiencing challenges, inviting massive change, and facing the unknown.
Furthermore the Law of Attraction tells us what we occupy our minds with is what we tend to produce: so think gratitude and we are more sure of harvesting experiences to be grateful for. The NLT Bible index provided 16 entries for thankfulness, all of which were relevant and applicable to life in 2010. The suggested passages sounded almost New-Age, for example, “five ways to be thankful”, ” developing an attitude of thankfulness”, “gratitude should move us to action”, and “increasing your thankfulness”.
I was delighted to be able to tap into such a source of ancient advice so easily and I quickly read all 16 passages. I gained a whole new respect for those who lived in Biblical times. I found a potted history of the trials and tribulations of the human race, how they reacted then is how we still react nowadays – it would appear that the human race hasn’t evolved much, if at all, on an emotional level! It became clear that human nature hasn’t changed much over the millennia and neither have the life-challenges that we face. For example, the Israelites wandered around in the wilderness for 40 years on their way to the Promised Land. They experienced similar emotions to us today in our quest for a fulfilled, rewarding, happy life: impatience, ingratitude, complaining, looking back at the past with rosy glasses while resisting the unknown future. The advice the Israelites received was relevant to us today also. Have faith and trust; don’t hark back but look to the future; take things one step at a time; if you want something ask God.
I discovered how applicable the life lessons and advice from God and leaders of the time are to today’s readers. We can compare a study of the Bible with any other brilliant guidebook written for today’s audience. There is no point in reading books on financial literacy if we fail to put what we know to be valid into practice. Why go to a workshop on abundance or goal-setting or whatever and return home and fail to put what we have learned into action? Similarly, enjoying inspirational Bible verses and empathizing with human experience is just half the equation. The real benefit, the power behind the passages, is to inspire and motivate us to take positive action.