My favorite verse is Proverbs 12:28: In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. In all probability, it isn’t anyone else’s favorite because 99.99 percent of Bible readers aren’t even aware of it and even if they were they would choose some other verse that they identify with or that confirms their beliefs. Perhaps one day I will change in some way and find a different one to supplant this one.
One of the reasons I like this verse is because it seems to be a prophecy of sorts. At the time it was written, the Hebrew folks were not so keen on eternity as we are today, as much as they were on just having a good earthly life or livelihood and family. Only in the New Testament era do we see a real emphasis on the eternal nature of our souls and how this blessing exceeds any benefits we receive in this earthly existence.
This verse is essentially my motto: In the Way (following God/Jesus) there is life (even on Earth it is better) and along this path (of Jesus) we will inherit eternity.
This verse presents the big picture of why we are here (to learn how to live) and it includes the major actors: (God/Jesus and me).
I like mottos because they are easy to remember and quote and they remind me, day by day, of who I am and why I exist. Kind of like Hebrew phylacteries or wearing a cross around one’s neck – it is a symbol to remind me of who I am and who I serve.