Just this morning, as Sarah (my oldest daughter) was getting ready for school, she said, “Do you remember those vanilla ice cream bars they used to sell at Costco? I think my school is now selling them in the lunchroom and I’m going to get one today!”
We can save the conversation about a school selling ice cream for another time. What got me excited was how excited she was about vanilla ice cream. She didn’t want the one dipped in chocolate. No sprinkles. No nuts.
She was excited about vanilla.
But it’s so plain. So ordinary. So…well…vanilla.
Quick Side Note: Here’s a tiny – but amazing – thing that happened. I had already planned to base this post on the verse I’m about to share. I normally block out Monday mornings to write. Due to various circumstances, I didn’t get my writing time Monday morning. As I was pondering this post, I was really struggling with how to start it. The mini-conversation with Sarah about vanilla ice cream bars happened on Tuesday morning.
Before sharing the “one verse,” here’s a quick summary of Acts 3:1-4:12…
- Peter and John heal a crippled beggar.
- Peter and John tell the crowd Jesus actually did the healing.
- The religious people don’t like all this “Jesus talk” and throw Peter and John in jail for the night.
- In the morning they ask Peter and John, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
- Peter says, “Hmmm…I think I’m going to go with…JESUS!”
Now for one of my favorite verses in the entire Bible – Acts 4:13 (NIV):
When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.”
I love this verse! It is encouraging, challenging, empowering, and a perspective shift – all in two sentences. Whenever I read this verse, it completely resets my approach to reading and studying the Bible. [Read more…] about 1 Verse That Will Change Your Whole Perspective On Why You Read Your Bible