It’s that time again! Memory verse week is here. This week, I was inspired by one of our children.
Our son, Drew, had a project at school that required him to come up with five “keys” to the meaning of life, find a unique symbol to represent each, and explain why he chose that symbol. All these things were to be placed in a box labeled, “Drew and the Meaning of Life” (based on the book “Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life”).
I was impressed with the depth of thought that went into Drew’s answers, and with virtually no help from adults. The meaning of life for this 12 year old boy included words like, forgiveness, courage, love and family.
He wrote, “The piece of candy represents that even though life is sweet, it does not last long. This is important to the meaning of life because it teaches me that in the short time I have on earth, I should live the best life I can.”
Drew included a heart in the box and explained that being loved means he has a good life. How wonderful to be loved and appreciate that you are!
He also wrote, “The picture of my dad represents courage, the lesson he taught me throughout his whole life and his death. Courage is an important part of the meaning of life because if there were no courage, then some of the tough decisions in life would probably be regretted.”
And my favorite “meaning of life” quote from Drew is what I am basing my memory verse on for this week. He wrote, “The schedule represents that God knows the plans he has for me. This is an important part of the meaning of life because when my dad died I had no idea what would happen, but now I have a new dad and three new siblings.”
Wow. Such wisdom pouring forth from a young man! He touched my heart through this exercise and I will hold dear the lessons my 12 year old son has taught me about the meaning of life.
My verse for this week comes from Jeremiah 29:11-13:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Now those are some words to live by! What’s your memory verse for the week? I’d love to hear from you!