This isn’t the blog post I planned on publishing today but, well it’s been one of those weeks. Two and a half weeks to be exact. You know what I’m talking about because I know it happens to you too.
Life throws you some curve balls, and things just don’t turn out the way you planned or hoped they would. For me, it has been a combination of allergies and a viral infection. Yuck.
I have spent more days in bed than I would have liked, resulting in not being able to finish the post I planned to share this week.
Blog Post Day Is Here Now What
I could have thrown it together just to publish something, but that is not what this blog is about. I just won’t do that. No, I won’t dishonor God or you by publishing something that I haven’t put my whole heart into and hopefully provides value for you.
On the other hand, I didn’t want just not to publish anything and leave you wondering what was going on. After praying, I decided to do things a little different this week. Next week we will be back to our regular posts, but this week I just want to let you know what is going on.
How It All Started
While I have been down sick, I reflected back on the blog, how and why I started and what the future of the blog looks like.
Back in 2008, I read a book by Mark Batterson titled, In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day and although I didn’t fully realize it at the time it changed the trajectory of my life.
God used it to plant a seed, awakening my heart to who He created me to be and ignite the first sparks of a desire to be a writer.
Oh, there were glimpses before, but I only recognized them in hindsight.
The journey between then and now has many twists and turns, and someday I ‘ll share more about that, but today I want to share the Lion Chaser’s Manifesto with you.
I first read this manifesto written by Mark Batterson, in, In A Pit… and again in Chase The Lion, the follow-up book published in 2016. It rocked my world. I pray it will rock your world too.
The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto
“Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.
Run to the roar.
Set God-sized goals.
Pursue God-given passions.
Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention/
Stop pointing out problems. Become part of the solution.
Stop repeating the past. Start creating the future.
Face your fears.
Fight for your dreams.
Grab opportunity by the mane and don’t let go!
Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life.
Burn sinful bridges.
Blaze new trails.
Live for the applause of nail-scarred hands.
Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.
Dare to fail.
Dare to be different.
Quit holding out.
Quit holding back.
Quit running away.
Chase the lion.”
I am more excited than ever about writing and the future of this blog. The truth is, it is a scary dream because without God it just won’t happen. But I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in and through it.
“Don’t let me ever think, dear God, that I was anything but the instrument for your story.” Flannery O’Connor
Keep watching for some additions and improvements coming in the next few weeks. And be sure to let me know anything you would like to see here.
Whatever you do don’t forget to chase the lion! How can I pray for you this week?