Currently I am reading a book by Mark Batterson entitled "In the Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day". Great book, I highly recommend it. If you cannot find one locally, go to our online bookstore and have it shipped to you (ffwc.us) It's a book about having the faith and courage to chase the lions that have been chasing you.
I don't know about you, but I think that one of lions we have to face is the stress of being a Christian. That's right, being a Christian is stressful. There I said it. Some people may think that I have just committed sacrilege. But there is no getting around it, when God becomes a part of your life, he will complicate it. This is a lion that you have to face. I'm sure that Abraham, Noah, Moses and many more thought on more than one occasion, "Why me God!" The answer is simple, they were the ones who would chase the lions that no one else would chase. God will call you to chase lions that no one else will touch. Chase them! Sure, while your saying, "Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty!" the rest of the world will think your nuts! Chase your lion!
What I have discovered since reading this book is, facing your lions is less stressful than running from them. Doesn't make any sense does it? But it's true. Beninah, the guy your reading about in this book, may have sized up the situation and determined that it was easier to jump in the pit with a lion on a snowy day than to run away from it.
Are we lion chasers, lion tamers or lion dinners? In other words, are you trying chasing your lions that are trying to eat you, are you negotiating a peace treaty with your lions so they will not eat you or have you just given up and handed your lions the catsup bottle and said, "bon a appetite". Peter describes the devil as a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour. Are you a chaser, tamer or dinner? When you get a bad report from the doctor? Chaser, tamer or dinner? If you lose your job? Chaser, tamer or dinner?
So the next time that you get stressed out - what are you going to do with that lion?