“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Don't Let Fear Dictate Your Decisions... Chase The Lion!

On A Snowy Day...
photography by sister sheri

Mark Batterson is one of my favorite authors.  I always say that he writes like I think.  He recently re-posted The Lion Chaser's Manifesto.  If you are unfamiliar with the manifesto it is from his book In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day:  How To Survive And Thrive When Opportunity Roars

which is based on the verse II Samuel 23:20:

Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. 
Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, 
he caught the lion and killed it.

If you have no other plans for 2013, I propose that you read the book and then... you chase the lion.

The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto 
by Mark Batterson

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. 

Set God-sized goals. 

Pursue God-ordained passions. 

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. 

Keep asking questions. 

Keep making mistakes. 

Keep seeking God. 

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. 

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. 

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. 

Expand your horizons. 

Accumulate experiences. 

Enjoy the journey. 

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. 

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. 

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. 

Burn sinful bridges. 

Blaze new trails. 

Criticize by creating. 

Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. 

Don’t try to be who you’re not. 

Be yourself. 

Laugh at yourself. 

Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. 

Take a flying leap of faith. 

Chase the lion!

1 comment:

belindaann said...

I needed this today! Thank you, sister Sheri. :) I wrote this poem in my journal and I will look for this book. My husband bought me a Nook for Christmas. It would be awesome to read it on my Nook.