Coming out of the Cage of Fear - Chapter 7 of Mark Batterson's Wild Goose Chase.
...the aversion to loss of a certain magnitude is greater than the attraction to gain of the same magnitude.
It is our indecisions, not our bad decisions, that keeps us in the cage [of fear]. (144)
most of us are educated way beyond our level of obedience. (144-145)
We need people who are more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes.
...dream the unthinkable and attempt the impossible. (145)
The will of God is not an insurance plan. The will of God is a daring plan! (147)
More often than not, the will of God will involved a daring decision that seems unsafe or even insane. (148)
Faithfulness is not holding the fort. Faithfulness is storming the gates of hell. (149)
...we need to get out of the comfortable confines of our Christian ghettos and invade some hellholes with the light and love of Christ. (150)
"I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell." [quoting T. Studd p. 150)
As we grow, God gives us more difficult things to do. (150)
You will have to climb a cliff or pick a fight with the enemy. (151)
The most satisfying days are not the days when you had nothing to do. (152)
Saul was a spiritual spectator. Instead of playing to win, Saul was playing not to lose. (153)
...the church fosters a subtle form of spritual codependency.
We take the presence of God with us wherever He leads.
...if God is calling us to go, and all we do is give, then giving is actually a form of disobedience. (154)
If we don't do anything, nothing will happen. (155)
"The difference between where you are and where God wants you to be may be the painful decision you refuse to make." [quoting Craig Groeschel p. 156]
The reward outweighed the risk. (157)
You have to stop living defensively and start living dangerously for the cause of Christ.
Stop repeating the past and start creativing the future. (158)
Lack of goals is lack of faith.
You need a vision for your marriage. You need a vision for your family. You need a vision for your life. (159)
You won't accomplish the goals you do not set.
The driving motivation has to be maximizing your God given potential.
We need to dream God sized dreams because they're the only things that will drive us to our knees and keep us living in absolute dependence on God the way we were designed to.
The more vision you have, the less you will sin. (160)
The way to stop sinning is by getting a God sized vision that consumes all your time and energy. (160-161)
Ouch. Okay, I'm convicted. Mark Batterson has an article on how to write life goals. You can read it here. I read last week and have so far come up with 29 goals as my first very rough draft. I'll post those at a later time. They need some more prayer and work.