In a pit.. with a lion… on a snowy day?

Team AO,

I am completing a fantastic book entitled, “In a pit with a lion on a snowy day”, by Mark Batterson, and it is a fabulous read. David Reed mentioned the book at our leadership meeting, and it just happened that our Pastor preached a sermon on Sunday detailing the same story found in II Samuel 23:20-21. The book has some fascinating insights into the life of a man named Benaiah, and his exploits as a mighty man of valor.

And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man, of Kabzeel, who had
done many acts, he slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a
lion in the midst of a pit in time of snow:

And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand; but he went down to him with a staff, and plucked the spear out of the Egyptian’s
hand, and slew him with his own spear.

Picture if you will this guy name Benaiah, for some odd reason he chases a lion. For what? In reading the story of this man I came to wonder what would make a man chase an animal that can weigh more than 500 pounds, leap 30 feet in a single bound and has claws that can rip through the hide of a buffalo, along with teeth and jaws designed to bite through bones? To make matters worse this crazy man jumped into a pit to fight this lion as if to say either I die or the lion dies, only one of us is coming out alive. And to add drama to the story the conditions for fighting we not optimal. It was not a calm day, or a dry day it was cold and snowy!

Let’s imagine the circumstances that could persuade you and I to chase down a lion. What if for months on end this lion had been threatening to devour your family? What if for weeks he had been slowly killing all of your neighbors, and you knew that it was just a matter of time before he grabbed your daughter? What if no other men in the village would fight to protect their loved ones and you were left there with the decision… Chase the Lion or be chased by the lion?

Here is my point… I believe that each of us can become “lion chasers” if the circumstances became serious enough. Each one of us has buried deep within us the ability to defeat what seems like insurmountable odds if and only if we force ourselves to fight. I know that we do not face the danger or a lion attack as we cut our grass, and we do not have to worry about a hungry feline pouncing on our children as they wait for the school bus, but we do live in a world were we have become the hunted prey. In today’s world, consumer debt is a menacing lion devouring our families with unrelenting ferocity. Marriage and the family are constantly being redefined to fit the lions palette. We are under the constant threat of lay-offs, downsizing, rightsizing, and plant closings. Our children are falling victim daily to Internet predators, and the menacing teeth of the ignorant sex-starved television. As we look around no one seems to mind the lions eating us alive. No one has the courage to chase those problems into a pit on a snowy day determined to kill them and come out alive.

Team as we build our business and educate ourselves through the Team CD’s, Books and Meetings, we can start to build the faith of a “lion chaser”. God has created each of us to chase lions, and faith is embracing the uncertainties of life. The next time you see a lion, remember that you are equipped to defeat the lion. Turn the tables and stop running from your problems. Chase that problem into a pit, on a snowy day and leave it there dead. No longer to hold you hostage. Become men and women of valor! Lion Chasers!

2 comments

  1. Hi Raymond,Great food for thought! The initial picture in our minds of being in a pit with a lion is a scary one. But then on closer examination, it is a great analogy to the struggles we must face and overcome in building this business. The saying comes to our mind that “necessity is the mother of invention”. When the need/desire/will/dread is great enough we will find the inner power, strength, courage, determination to persist and will find or even create a solution that will get us out of the situation. And when we do that we will come out stronger on the other side. Thanks for the inspirational food!

  2. Awesome, Awesome Post! Awesome, Awesome book. It’s got to be in my top ten. Maybe even my top five.There are way to many things in it to really mention. The one thing that hit me, and that I have to continually refocus on is, that it isn’t really something we “try” to do, but instead we “just” do. Knowing full well that it isn’t really “our” power, but God’s power manifested through and in us.The “Lion Chaser Club” is something that I most definitely am going to be a member of….Now we just have to come up some secret handshake or something 🙂

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