Monday, August 20, 2007

Mark Batterson

Over the weekend, Adam and I had the opportunity to see Mark Batterson speak. I read his book In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day, after reading the Lion Chaser's Manifesto:

"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 worshipping what's right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. 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."

Doesn't that give you thrill chills? I know that's my response to the manifesto.

I enjoyed his talk, especially when he unpacked the concepts of: are you playing defense or offense in your life? WOW!

How often are we simply reacting to what is happening around us, rather than responding? I know that lately, I've been playing defense! Let's see what happens as I start playing offense again..... and the question is: Will I chase my lion?

Peace & Blessings!

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