Saturday, February 13, 2010
In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day
I dare you! I dare you to chase lions with me. Because if you do, you just might find God calling you to do things you never thought you'd be able to do: face your fear, take that risk, discover how big our God really is. I dare you. Come on. It'll be fun.
A friend of mine introduced me to a book a couple years ago called, "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day: How To Survive And Thrive When Opportunity Roars." This is a book written by Mark Batterson who is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C. He wrote this book in 2006.
Batterson points us to 2 Samuel, Chapter 23:20-21. NLT
20 There was also Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant warrior from Kabzeel. He did many heroic deeds, which included killing two champions of Moab. Another time, on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and killed it. 21 Once, armed only with a club, he killed a great Egyptian warrior who was armed with a spear. Benaiah wrenched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with it.
The entire book is based on this scripture and it's one I'd never given much thought to. Mark Batterson takes us on a journey and suggests you look your lion in the eye. He'll explore the seven following skills with you as you learn to chase your lions.
* Overcoming adversity
* Unlearning fears
* Embracing uncertainty
* Calculating risks
* Seizing opportunities
* Defying odds
* Looking foolish
Batterson uses Oswald Chambers words to begin Chapter 5 and it sums up the way God wants us to live.
"To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways; we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should rather be an expression of breathless expectation."
Just imagine that! Breathless Expectation.
God doesn't want us to play it safe. He wants us to be risk-takers. If you need encouragment to face a really fierce lion I suggest you read this book. You'll find it the fortification you need to become a lion chaser. And just in case you think you can't, Batterson reminds us to use our adversity.
"If you don't turn your adversity into ministry, then your pain remains your pain. But if you allow God to translate your adversity into ministry, then your pain becomes someone else's gain."
You find out more about Mark Batterson at his blog http://www.evotional.com/
Well we've had some pretty snowy days here in Ohio this past week. I'm happy to say I wasn't in the pit with any lions, but we all have our share of adversity. My hubby and I have been able to help others because of our experiences raising a child with a disability.
Serious Question: What about you? Want to share any experiences you had to face and were able to turn them around to help others?
Fun Question: If you could participate in any Olympic Sport, Winter or Summer Games, what would it be?
I grew up on horses so I'd have to say Three Day Eventing
Another fun question: What are you doing on Valentine's Day?
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