At my office we do a devotional during our Monday morning staff meetings which rotates through the employees being in charge of delivering. This week is my week and I wanted to share with you all just a clip of what I will share. My thoughts today come from the book, 'In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day' a book written about identifying and addressing your fears.
As someone who has never thought of myself as a fearful person, I was challenged by Mark Batterson's take on control freaks feeling the need to be in control as a result of fear. Am I in fact more than just an organization crazy? Could it be that my need to control my surroundings and plans is fear that God will not take care of the intimate details and that perhaps he needs my help? As I addressed some of these questions for myself I was challenged. This Lion Chaser Manifesto was posted on Mark Batterson's blog (www.evotional.com) and I share it with you here:
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Grab life by the mane. 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. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. 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 worshipping 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. Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.
Chase the lion.
I am challenged friends and I hope that a few of you will be too. Here's to making plans that are doomed to fail without divine intervention.
Your fellow lion chaser,