Is your dream big enough? Chase the Lion!

chase-the-lion If your dream isn’t destined to fail without God, Mark Batterson claims that your dream is too small. In Chase the Lion, Batterson explores David’s mighty men, mentioned in 2 Samuel 23, and in particular, Benaiah. These courageous men were risk-takers and recognized that the Lord orchestrated great battle victories as they served their king in fearless faithfulness and power.

Benaiah inspired Batterson’s previous book, In a Pit with A Lion on a Snowy DayBenaiah killed two lionlike Moabites and then followed a lion into a snowy pit and killed it in 1 Chronicles 11:22 and 2 Samuel 23:20. In this book, Batterson writes that “God is in the recycling business. He recycles past experiences and uses them to prepare us for future opportunities.”

With Chase the Lion,  Batterson demonstrates that the snowy pit, failures, and adverse circumstances can become the catalyst for great dreams that can only be achieved through the extraordinary efforts of a team of people and with God leading the way.

Although God did not give Benaiah a dream of greatness, God gave David a promise that he would be King of Israel, and Benaiah acted on God’s promise, in essence living out his dream of serving mightily within David’s dream as a team member.

“The key to dreaming big is thinking long. And the bigger the dream, the longer the time line. When you think in terms of eternity, you should have some dreams that can’t be accomplished in your lifetime.” (p. 106)

David’s dream included the coming Messiah.

Batterson shares the incredible stories of dreamers like David and his mighty men; Wilbur and Orville Wright; John Kilcullen, the founder of the For Dummies books; his dream of National Community Church, the megachurch where he serves as lead pastor in Washington, D.C, and many other instances of greatness from ordinary men and women.

Batterson candidly shares his failures and successes. He recognizes that the failures led him to found National Community Church and the establishment of the church’s eight campuses, a coffeehouse, The Miracle Theatre, and the DC Cream Center.

Chase the Lion is a stirring call to action for today’s Christian.

“Jesus didn’t die just to keep you safe.
He died to make you dangerous!

Chase the lion!” (p. 218)

May you fearlessly “Chase the Lion.”

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Mark Batterson’s call to action and his willingness to live his life as David’s mighty men lived, with complete faith in their king. Father, empower Your children who are called by Your name to recognize the dream You have for them, and give them boldness to step out in faith, reach out their right hands to You, and follow Your guidance toward that dream. We lean upon You, for we cannot accomplish the dream, but we will walk in the shadow of Your might and in the shelter of Your goodness. We praise You and honor You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Share your dream and how God is leading you.

Have you tasted God’s goodness?

Vegetables

Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Psalm 34:8 (ESV)

David killed the Philistine giant, Goliath, and saved the Israelites from defeat. Years later, David fled from King Saul into the land of the Philistines. Soon, the Philistines recognized him and brought him before the king. David acted insane, and the king released him. Psalm 34 is David’s response to God upon his release.

I enjoy eating. I especially enjoy the sweet, sour, salty, and bitter tastes of vegetables and fruits. I spend hours chopping red, green, orange and purple vegetables. Cooking rainbows of color is my delight as I get ready for a family gathering. We savor the meal as we focus on each other. These meals help us understand each other better.

One day, I was asked to close my eyes and open my hand as someone dropped something into my hand. I was then asked to smell it, put it in my mouth and taste it without eating it. My thoughts were focused upon what was in my mouth, and it became sweeter as it melted in my mouth. I knew this piece of chocolate candy intimately. I understood its goodness.

David tasted God’s goodness like melting chocolate lingering in his mouth.

Have you tasted God’s goodness?

Thought for the Day

When we focus upon God, we understand God’s goodness.

My prayer

O God, help us to savor Your goodness. Your goodness fills our world with pleasures that delight our senses. Your goodness wraps us in Your love and peace. In the midst of our troubles, we take refuge in You and taste Your goodness. Thank You, Lord!