Friday, August 17, 2007

The Lion Chaser's Manifesto

Well, I'm enjoying some time off with my family but for those out there who are still blogging or even slogging through the dog days of summer, here's a quick take from Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church (Washington, DC). He was at Granger Community Church recently on his summer speaking tour and closed his session with the following "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.

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 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!"

posted by Mark Batterson (