Tuesday, January 8, 2008

are the odds against you :: Tuesday E-Devotion

I am amazed by the accomplishments of many people who are 'underdogs.' 
 
About a month ago Ben Arment wrote this post about Ben Saunders.  This dude was told that he couldn't achieve anything.  Take a look at his website, and I believe you, like I was, will be amazed at what Ben Saunders has done.  Saunders has crushed the odds against him as he chased the lion.
 
Watch a news story about Kevin Connelly this weekend who has no legs but has traveled more than most people I know.  Look at his website where he has posted pictures of how people stare at him.  This is eye opening, and this dude has chased the lion and beaten the odds.
 
Almost daily we come in contact with people who defy the odds, live life to the fulfilled and go way beyond the status quo.  Look for these people.  Be amazed by them.  In today's e-devotion I share with you some God thoughts and couple observations from my search for people who are chasing the lion.
 
Proverbs 24:10 (nlt) --- If you fail under pressure,your strength is too small.
 
Philippians 3:12 (nlt) --- I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
 
Philippians 3:14 (nlt) --- I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
 
People who chase the lion as the odds seem to be against them aren't afraid to stick out in the crowd.  Often Christians would rather get lost in the crowd.  Yet I observe that those who take risk and don't let fear hold them back don't try to get noticed, but they do what they must to be in the chase, to accomplish great things and let people notice them.  They don't live for to be noticed.  They live to make a difference.
 
Batterson says in Chase the Lion that most people who make a big splash and get noticed start out insignificant and have no plan to get up on any stage.
 
Remember that lion chasers aren't afraid of what people say or think.  In the lion chaser's manifesto, this line sticks out to me: Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks.

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