Lion Chaser’s Manifesto

24 02 2010

Got this from a friend today….great manifesto from the Mark Batterson “In A Pit With A Lion On a Snowy Day.”

The LION CHASER’S MANIFESTO

Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Set God-sized goals.

Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Keep asking questions.

Keep making mistakes.

Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

Expand your horizons.

Accumulate experiences.

Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God.

Burn sinful bridges.

Blaze a new trail.

Criticize by creating.

Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.

Don’t try to be who you’re not.

Be yourself.

Laugh at yourself.

Quit holding out.

Quit holding back.

Quit running away.

Chase the lion!

Breathe In & Chase Out,
Chris

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Never

23 02 2010

Never…failure not an option…average is unacceptable…good isn’t enough…push…drive…elevate…and never, never slow down.

Breathe In & Run It Out,
Chris





Drew Brees Shares His Testimony

8 02 2010

Yesterday’s win is a day I will never forget….and I pray that Drew’s platform will be even bigger to share his testimony and live it out for the world to see.  A class-act, and great role model.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





Howl Dat

7 02 2010

Even the animal kingdom is full of Who Dats!!!

Breathe In & Who Dat Out,

Chris





The Struggle and The Purpose

5 02 2010

Purpose comes in many shapes and sizes.  When it’s distorted it becomes a struggle.  When the purpose dies but the effort continues, it ends with struggle.  If the purpose is defined by environment and circumstances then it will inevitably end in struggle.

The problem with all of these scenarios is the struggle.  Our purpose should be fueled by passion.  It should frame our efforts.  It should be the motivation behind our days.  That’s not to say resistance won’t come…but a passion filled purpose fights resistance with persistence.

I had this revelation as I started to analyze my blog…what was the real purpose for me…because it was feeling like a struggle.  It’s an extension of me, my life, my passions, my world.  Which often starts like this:

It’s not about being something I’m not or somebody I’m not…it starts from the heart and usually ends in a journal.  I love the picture of my journal page with the 2010 plans…because my kids joined me to help put their own piece of art in the page.  It reminds me of how important relationships are…how important family is…and how important it is to include that in the journey.

What are you struggling with?  What are your passions…what is your purpose?  Do 5 things this week to remove the struggle and replace the energy with pursuing your purpose.

Breathe In & Smile Out,

Chris





The Voice New Testament Bible

2 02 2010

I recently joined the blog team at Thomas Nelson, now I’m an official book sneezer 🙂 This is my debut blog review of their new bible translation called The Voice.  It’s a fresh look at the new testament through the Liberating King, Jesus Christ, and His Church.  The unique approach that really sets this translation apart from others is the collaboration between scholars, pastors, writers, musicians, poets, and other artists.  They use a combination of italics and outlined boxes to give relative context to the passages while using a screenplay format to emphasize a fresh expression of a timeless narrative.

There are so many passages in this Bible that are worth mentioning.  They take a timeless truth, the familiar words, and paint a new picture.  Here is one of my favorite passages and example of this uniqueness:

Through this man we all receive gifts of grace beyond our imagination. He is the Voice of God.  You see, Moses gave us rules to live by, but Jesus, the Liberating King, offered the gifts of grace and truth which make life worth living.  God, unseen until now, is revealed in the Voice, God’s only Son, straight from the Father’s heart. — John 1:16-18
The contributors to this Bible do a really good job of  taking the narratives to a place of meaning and experience where it touches the soul in a new way.  They take the greatest story ever told and make a real storytelling experience through the new testament.  It’s the most creative approach to a translation I’ve seen since Peterson’s “The Message.”
If you are looking for a new testament Bible that is creative, stimulating, transforming, faithful to the original manuscripts, and very readable then The Voice won’t disappoint you.  Click here to get a copy from Thomas Nelson.
Breathe In & Smile Out,
Chris