Tuesday, October 25, 2016
In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Batterson
The title and theme of this book comes from 2 Samuel 23:20-21 which briefly tells of Benaiah chasing a lion down into a pit on a snowy day and killing it. Most people would have done the exact opposite and ran away. Whether you agree that chasing a lion into a pit is a courageous act or a stupid move is up to you - but the result for Benaiah is that it led to a position of high rank within King David's administration. If he would have run away, his safety would have been guaranteed, but he might have missed the blessing and future opportunities for influence.
I doubt I will ever encounter a lion. (And if I did, I would definitely not chase it!) However, there are situations I face where fear threatens to overwhelm me and I would rather change direction than face it head-on. That is where the book's message hits home. Mark writes "Lion chasers don't let their fears or doubts keep them from doing what God has called them to do." He encourages us to unlearn our fears and reset our perspectives. He goes on to say "The goal of faith is not the elimination of risk...We won't regret the mistakes we made as much as the God-ordained opportunities we missed." I was encouraged from the stories shared in this book and reminded of some important truths. I don't want to miss out on what God has in store for me.
For those of you like me who like to play it safe, this book will give you a nudge toward taking those first risky steps. Keep a pen or high-lighter handy...you will need it!
*I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.