“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. Accumulate experiences. Consider the lilies. Criticize by creating. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and the 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 new trails. 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 Lions.
The author of this quote is unknown to me. I saw it several years ago when I felt like I was being stretched into new directions and taken out of my comfort zone. My husband and I had started a new business that, in the end, did not become the huge success we were hoping. But that is the way with dreaming. Those visions we have for ourselves don't always turn out the way we planned or even desired. However, that should not keep us from dreaming. Those twists and turns in our life adventures should not discourage us from creating new visions and dreams. Very often, those inspirations move our attention and efforts into directions that we would have otherwise not traveled.
For me, that effort we put into building a business and stepping out of our comfort zone gave me confidence that I did not previously possess. I rediscovered elements of life that I had hidden under years of other responsibilities. We decided we wanted more out of life than the mundane status quo. We wanted to set our eyes on a fuller life that was made up of our adventures, mistakes, experiments, and fun times. Life was too short to remain unhealthy, unhappy, and unfulfilled. We started chasing lions.
Our family is still figuring out what we really want to accomplish in these short years on this earth. Sure, we know the big one (pursue God, love each other, raise great kids), but it's those little details that often give flavor to our lives. Unfortunately, it's those details that get overlooked. So here is your reminder. Look for the details that thrill you. Find new paths that seem interesting. Stop holding back. Start really living.