I recently had the privilege to be part of the launch team of Mark Batterson’s new book “Chase The Lion.” Due to a number of events taking place in our youth ministry and a family visit, I was unable to read it until the day before release. I sat down on Labor Day, and opened it for the first time, with much excitement I might add.
As I sat in my chair reading, I was immediately stretched and challenged beyond what was comfortable. I was pushed to assess what were the “500 pound lions” that I was chasing? What dreams did I have that were bigger than myself? Was I living a life that was leaving a legacy that would plant dreams within others or was I simply existing, achieving dreams that would make life easier but not necessarily require much of my life?
Needless to say, it was fantastically grueling and I don’t regret the fact that I only got up to refresh my coffee and within just a few hours I had read the entire book, used up an entire highlighter and started in on a second.
The book is a sequel to the book “In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day” and takes a deeper look at the life of Benaniah the lion killer along with others known as David Might Men. And while it might not have been in Beneniah’s life plan to go out and kill a lion, it was an opportunity to chase something down that would change the directory of his life.
I honestly believe that the majority of people have dreams that are amazing and wildly wonderful and outside of the realm of their strength to accomplish. We are the product of a wildly imaginative God, who is constantly in the act of creating. This is what makes us the image of God, not that we look exactly like God but that we are creators, we are dreamers, we are imaginative in discovering what life is all about.
However, for too many of us, the dream that is outside of our personal ability, is too scary, too large, too powerful to accomplish and so we settle for a less than life. Only a few tap into the strength that I believe we all have to conquer our fear and Chase The Lion. “Most of us spend our lives, running away from the things we’re afraid of. We forfeit our dreams on the altar of fear.” (Batterson pg 3).
God has chosen you to be part of something bigger than yourself. He has planted within your heart a dream that only he can bring into reality but we have to play our role. We have to let go of our fear, and embrace the challenge. Your dream is far to precious to lose by simply allowing fear to chase you in the opposite direction of the destiny that God wants you to be part of.
Sometimes, we need a reminder of the dream that was planted in our hearts and minds years ago. Sometimes we need to be reminded that we are far more capable than we often believe ourselves to be. Sometimes we simply need the permission to Chase Lions. We need to be reminded that God has not called us to mere existence but to be part of a story that only we can tell. All of our lives will tell a story. The question before each one of us is what kind of story will my life tell?
If you are unhappy with the current trajectory of your life story, then let me encourage you to pick up a copy of “Chase The Lion” here. You have a dream deep inside of you. You might have thought your dream was dead, but sometimes as Batterson wrote, “Dreams aren’t just born; they are sometimes born again,” (pg 81). Maybe you have sacrificed your dream on the altar of fear years ago, but God is in the business of resurrection and maybe it’s time to see your dream brought back to life.