Today’s post isn’t what I had planned to publish. Let me explain.
February has been a challenging season for me both physically and emotionally. As a result, I have not written as much as I normally do. Instead, I have used the time to reflect and ask God to grow me as a writer and show me what next step He wants me to take.
I have to share that I’m excited. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but that is ok because I know Who holds tomorrow. Each day is an adventure on learning to trust more than the day before on the journey to becoming who He created me to be.
Blog Post Day Is Here Now What
As a result of what has been going on, I did not have anything written to publish today. Now, I could have thrown something together, 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.
I decided I would just share an update with you about what has been going on and share a couple of inspirational quotes. However, as I sat down to do that God reminded me of a similar season and post I wrote in October of 2017. As I read it, I felt led to share a portion of it again with you. What appears below in How It All Started and The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto sections are from that blog.
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 because I’m working on some additions and improvements to the blog. And be sure to let me know anything you would like to see here.
I’ll close with this song from Hawk Nelson which also is from the October blog. Please let it encourage you as you continue your journey on discovering who God created you to be.
Whatever you do don’t forget to chase the lion! How can I pray for you this week?