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Chasing Lions and Other 500 Lb Dreams

Are you a dreamer,  I hope you are or you are missing out on much of God’s glory.

Throughout the Bible there are dreamers. Some prophesied over the lives of others while others made their own dreams a reality.Chase the Lion, Book Review, lions

When is the last time you chased down your BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) like it was a 500 Lb lion?

Perhaps your dreams are more like cute lion cubs than ferocious lions.

If that is the case your dream is not big enough.

God-sized dreams are what our lives are made to chase after.

Chase them deep into the cold pits, until we conquer them.

In order for God to work through us and make our dreams a reality, we need to show up and show off. Talking about a dream but taking no action is just hot air, the Internet is full of that these days. Unless your dream scares you and is a God-sized dream, then it is just a wish, not a dream.

I have been a fan of Mark Batterson since I read the Circle Maker a year or so ago. In fact, I just wrapped up my second round of his forty-day devotional  online of his book Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. I have also read If, and am waiting on Wild Goose Chase.  I preparing to read All In. Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn’t Scare You, It’s Too Small, was in my opinion, one of Batterson’s best works to date, then again I am also amidst chasing my own dreams so perhaps it was also timely.


Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Run to the roar.
Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-given passions.
Go after a dream that is destined to fail
without divine intervention.
Stop pointing out problems. Become part of the solution.
Stop repeating the past. 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 worshiping what’s right with God.
Dare to fail. Dare to be different.
Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.

Chase the lion.

Chase the Lion is about chasing not only the dreams you have for yourself but going after the goals God has set before you. Is that scary? Absolutely! It can be scary to get outside your comfort zone, to leap into uncharted waters, or to chase a lion into a pit, but it is worth it.

Mark uses his storytelling abilities to share moments in his own life where he chased down his dreams. Start to finish I found Chase the Lion to be thought-provoking, engaging and entertaining. I listened to the audiobook version read by the author, and have since ordered a hardback copy to go through again. Good books we read once and put on the shelf, great books like this one we are more apt to devour.

Have you read Chase the Lion, or perhaps another one of Mark Batterson’s works? I would love to hear your thoughts. What lions are you chasing?join the conversation in the comments below. “You fulfill your destiny one opportunity at a time.”


About Charles Johnston

Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.

3 Replies

  1. Candace Crosby

    Mark must be masterful in his thought provoking writings, however, the comment “burn sinful bridges”??? You never want to bite off something that may compromise your moral values (at least in my humble opinion).
    We all make enough mistakes every day as it is, but would not go so far as to break the law (or the 10 Commandments).

    1. Candace, I’m not sure Mark was saying to do sinful things. I read that quote more as “If you’re sinning, burn those bridges. Get past your sinful nature and live in a way God wants you to.”

  2. I’ve always loved the books Mark has written. I’ve read In A Pit… and it blew my mind. Chase The Lion is on my to-read shelf.