A few weeks ago I mentioned a book I'd started reading. Well, after temporarily getting sidetracked, I finally buckled down and finished it. Boy, do I feel motivated and inspired!
I said it before but will do so again: I highly recommend reading In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson. It's helped recharge me while sharpening my focus and sense of purpose. Several thoughts jumped off the page for me, and I underlined something on nearly every page; here are a few highlights:
- God breaks us where we need to be broken... and once we heal, we end up stronger than we were to begin with.
- God is in the business of recycling our pain and using it for someone else's gain.
- Trials have a way of helping us rediscover our purpose in life.
- Don't let what's wrong with you keep you from worshiping what's right with God.
- Many of our prayers are misguided. We pray for comfort instead of character. We pray for an easy way out instead of the strength to make it through.
- Sometimes an unanswered prayer is God, in His sovereign wisdom, sparing us the pain of unintended consequences.
- Think of every opportunity as a gift from God. What you do with that opportunity is your gift to God.
Here's a link to the book on Amazon so you can get your own copy: