Mark Batterson says our obstacles are our greatest opportunities to shine and encourages confronting them in his book “In a pit with a lion on a snowy day.” The lion story starts way back in the Old Testament book of 2 Samuel, where Benaiah chases a lion down into a pit, and despite snow and slippery ground he caught the lion and killed it, among other heroic feats. Benaiah goes on to become the personal bodyguard for the King of Israel.
Batterson uses this story as an illustration to show how we should grab opportunity by the mane. He poses the question: What are you going to do when you cross paths with a lion? Run away like a scaredy cat, or run toward like a lion chaser? That decision ultimately determines your destiny. Hmmm, ok, I’m thinkin’ most of us are heading the other way, right? I mean, this does sound just a bit foolish, doesn’t it? I believe Batterson is writing about something quite different than a foolish act. He goes on to state that lion chasers are opportunists, chasing God-ordained opportunities. And using our God-given gifts to their God-given potential requires risk. And God uses risk takers, people with the guts to chase lions.
This is a great read! So roar back at your biggest problem, your worst failure, and your greatest fear.
Question: I’ve always wanted to run with the bulls. I have JAX to Barcelona on my farewatcher alert, and I’m a Facebook fan of the event… I’m thinkin’ it can’t be that much more dangerous than dodging cars while crossing Southside Boulevard twice each day during my Run Forrest Run, right? I’ll admit to having done some pretty foolish things in the past, having learned some important lessons along the way. So what do you think… is running with the bulls a crazy notion??
Hope you have a super duper Saturday 🙂