A friend sent me Mark Batterson’s book "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day" last week. It was a great gift, since lions are kind of my thing… I have a lion tattoo, lion artwork in my home and office, etc. When the book arrived the first night, I couldn’t put it down. I am now on my fourth read… wow! Mark discusses a little known character in David’s history – Benaiah. This man chased a lion into a pit on a snowy day and killed him. The thesis is that "the life you really want, and the future God wants for you is hiding right now in your biggest problem, your worst failure…your greatest fear!"
A few of my favorite quotes form this great book:
- You know what the greatest tragedy in life is? It is someone whose god gets smaller and smaller with each passing day.
- God is in the business of strategically positioning us in the right place at the right time. A sense of destiny is our birthright as followers of Christ.
- Maybe prayer is less about changing our circumstances than it is changing our perspective. Most of our problems aren’t the byproduct of our circumstances but of our perspective on our circumstances.
- Worship is forgetting about what’s wrong with you and remembering what’s right with God.
- (Regarding the tendency of Christ followers to critique culture) Instead of complaining about the current state of affairs, we need to offer better alternatives. We need to make better movies and better music. We need to write better books. We need to start better schools and businesses. In other words, we need to stop cursing the darkness and light some candles!