In A Pit – Quotable

I finished reading Mark Batterson’s, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy in-a-pitDay last night. This book was sent to me by a close friend and I have found it extremely encouraging and applicable to some things I’ve been pondering and considering lately.

The main premise of the book is to chase your lions – be bold for God. I recommend this book for anyone who feels they may be at or approaching a cross-roads in their walk – specifically in regards to with what he may be calling you to do (whatever it may be – at work, at church, at home).

Here are a few more of the quotable portions:

We tend to rank miracles. Almost like a judge at a gymnastics competition that ranks a routine based on degree of difficulty, we rank our prayer requests. We have big requests and little requests. We have easy requests and difficult requests. But that is a false construct. The truth is this: To the infinite all finites are equal. There is no big or small, easy or difficult, possible or impossible. When it comes to God, there are no degrees of difficulty. There are no odds when it comes to God. All bets are off. (p33)

Too many people in too many churches look too much alike. If anyplace ought to celebrate diversity it ought to be the church. There never has been and never will be anyone like you. And that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you. Diversity is a celebration of originality. (p151)

When you get excited about God, don’t expect everybody to get excited about your excitement. Here’s why. When the Holy Spirit turns up the heat underneath you it disrupts the status quo. Some people will be inspired by what God is doing in your life. Others will be convicted. And they will mask their personal conviction by finding something to criticize. Nine times out of ten, criticism is a defense mechanism. We criticize in others what we don’t like about ourselves. (p159)

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~ by toddbumgarner on April 2, 2008 5:27 am.

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