DayBreaks for 1/20/20: The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto
From the DayBreaks Archive, January 2010:
This was sent to me by a friend and I thought it worth sharing, especially if you’re a bit down:
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. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Criticize by creating. 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. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. (Mark Batterson, author of In a Pit With a Lion On a Sunny Day)
There are so many parts of this that I find encouraging and inspiring, but perhaps the one that challenges me the most is this one: “Go after a dream that is destined to fail without Divine intervention.”
What dreams have you had in your life? What’s become of them? Do you still have any? If so, what are they? Do any of them involve God and His kingdom and your role in it?
When it comes time to do something for God, do you purposely select something that you believe God wants you to do, but which you know has absolutely zero chance of becoming reality unless God shows up in mighty and powerful ways? Or, do you tend to select things you think you could do on your own with maybe just a tiny bit of help from others (just in case God doesn’t show up)?
It puts a whole new spin on faith, doesn’t it?
PRAYER: God, I confess that I’m often a coward and my faith isn’t predicated on the God I can’t see, but on my thoughts of what I think is possible. Have mercy on us for our weak faith, and fill our hearts with not our dream, but Your dream! Help us to dare great things with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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