Wednesday, September 5, 2012


As you may know, I am a reader. Mostly non-fiction, but the odd work of fiction captures my attention (Hunger Games)

There are a handful of authors I enjoy more than others, and I have read all their material. Erwin McManus, Malcolm Gladwell and Mark Batterson to name a few.

One of my favorite books from Mark Batterson is In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day. The title is taken from a story that has its beginning, middle and end in one verse in II Samuel.

The entire book is fantastic, but I particularly enjoyed the "Lion Chaser's Manifesto". This belongs on the wall in my office.

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!

Any quotes, mantras or manifestos on your wall?

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