In 2005, I was reading the following passage of text when I had a powerful encounter with God:
“Benaiah... had done many deeds. He had killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. He also had gone down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. And he killed an Egyptian, a spectacular man. The Egyptian had a spear in his hand; so he went down to him with a staff, wrested the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand, and killed him with his own spear. These things Benaiah the son of Jehoiada did and won a name among three mighty men. He was more honored than the thirty, but he did not attain to the first three. And David appointed him over his guard.” - II Samuel 23:20-23 NKJV
It was as though the words leaped off the pages and into my heart. I became fascinated with this lion chaser named, Benaiah. Such a short resume´, but such an unforgettable resume´ I preached about him almost everywhere I was privileged to share a message. Then, in 2008, an author, Dr. Mark Batterson, arrived on the scene with a revelation about Benaiah that far surpassed my own. It was profound. His book impacted greatly; specifically, his Lion Chaser’s Manifesto. In fact, I memorized it. I invite you to be encouraged by it as well:
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.
For more information check out Dr. Batterson’s books on the life of Benaiah: