Reading good books gives one power and a totally different perspective on life, especially as a believer. This could not be truer, considering the deep, insightful and evoking style of writing adapted by Mark Batterson, who abrasively stated: If your dream does not scare you, it is too small. We all dare to dream, but our passion and focus are fizzled away by our fast fading convictions and the vulnerability to volatility of our present situations. How many valid dreams have you abandoned? How many good things have you let go to settle for less in life, for the sake of comfort and convenience?
I have been a victim of circumstances, procrastination and ship-shifting, letting go otherwise good dreams to settle for lesser. Choices have consequences, and compromise has had a toll on me, but then I got this masterpiece by Mark Batterson just in time before I lost it all. Chase The Lion is a bold headline for any book, and as I quickly scanned the book, I was convinced it carried the dose I needed. Indeed, right from the preface, the scent of assured victories, and spirit of the brave and stirring of the potential inside captured and catapulted me to sit down and consume every word, every line into my mind and subconscious.
I have sought many sources of inspiration from vast sources and references, but the bible beats them all. Mark Batterson brought out a fresh perspective into the bible, with well-quoted verses, illustration and real-life examples of himself and people around him who were lion chasers and life warriors. Life in these times requires warriors who know there worth, make the right demand of their potential inside them and work in dominance. Mark unassumingly stated that: ‘At the end of our lives, our greatest regrets will be the God-ordained opportunities we left on the table, the God-given passions we did not pursue, and God-sized dreams we did not go after because we let fear dictate our decisions.’
Fear indeed in an enemy to progress in our lives, with uncertainty making us fear to take the steps of faith into the unknown, in pursuit of our dreams. At the end of the end, we end up chasing the wrong things. Destiny beckons to all of us, like a lion which needs to be conquered and chased. Successful people have conquered their lions, to become men of repute and position in the society we live in. Mark Batterson well summed it up as below:
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 pursuing 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 is wrong with you keep from worshiping what is right with God.
Dare to fail. Dare to be different.
Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.
Chase the lion.
The book is a worthy read for those who seek real purpose and the direction on how to take up their rightful position in life and go on to conquer their worlds. Your dream should indeed scare you, and require that you seek spiritual intervention. As a real general and captain of your life, you will need the 2 o’clock courage to chase your lion. Understanding God’s purpose and dream for your life will make you have bigger dreams than the very challenges you are trying to overcome. Dreams that will make you need God, and never allow yourself to be side-tracked. When you understand this, your life, convictions, walk, and talk will take a paradigm shift. When you inspire others to your dream, to chase the lion so that together you share the dreams as Mighty Men, then life becomes more meaningful.
Chapter 1 breaks you down to want to delve deeper into text. It would take time to finish the 20 Chapters, and I am sure you will undergo a great transformation as a person. Let this book be the corner block you needed to face your fears and chase your lion, secure your destiny and have a forever live a legacy.