“Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.” 1 Chronicles 11:22
The above verse was in my Bible reading today. It is a hidden gem of a verse which was unpacked beautifully for me by Mark Batterson in his book, “Chase the Lion”. Benaiah was one of David’s three mighty warriors. As Mark talks about in his book, Benaiah had chasing lions on his resume. No wonder he was one of the three!
Below is the Lion Chaser’s Manifesto from the book. It is truly words to live by if at all possible. I just wanted to share it with you in case you were thinking about chasing some lions. It will give you a good start!
The Lion Chaser’s Manifesto
by Mark Batterson
Run to the roar.
Set God-sized goals.
Pursue God-ordained passions.
Go after a dream that’s destined to fail unless God intervenes.
Stop pointing out problems, become part of the solution.
Stop repeating the past and 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 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 worshipping what’s right with God.
Don’t try to be who you aren’t.
Laugh at yourself.
Dare to fail.
Dare to dream.
Dare to be different.
Chase the lion!