I finished Wild Goose Chase: Reclaim the Adventure of Pursuing God by Mark Batterson a few nights ago. It was a good read throughout and I’d like to share a couple of sections that spoke to me over the last few pages of the book.
Most of us are far too tentative when it comes to the will of God. We let our fears dictate our decisions. We are so afraid of making the wrong decision that we make no decision. And what we fail to realize is that indecision is a decision. And it is our indecision, not our bad decisions, that keep us in the cage.
I am so guilty of this. I know of times in my life that I have found myself chasing a goal that does not feel quite right. I have been afraid to stop, gather the facts and make a decision that I know could take me in a new direction.
Then because I do not make a decision immediately I start doubting my initial doubts!
I would start to think maybe I was chasing the right goals after all but I just needed to work on my motivation. I would start to think if I stopped chasing this goal now I would miss out on something good. I would start to think I’d put too much investment into this to give up now. I would start to think I was really needed and I would be letting people down.
The lesson here for me is just make that decision. If I’m wrong I can always go back to what I was doing before. I need to take more risks if I want to get closer to God and his plans for me. Sometimes decisions may involve giving up something I thought was a good thing – but God is the master planner and knows the best path for me.
We need people who are more afraid of missing opportunities than making mistakes. People who are more afraid of lifelong regrets than temporary failure. People who dare to dream the unthinkable and attempt the impossible.
Another snippet I thought was good was a paragraph on spiritual codependency.
I want this to come across as more of a challenge than a criticism, but I’m afraid we’ve turned church into a spectator sport. Too many of us are content with letting a spiritual leader seek God for us. Like the Israelites, we want Moses to climb the mountain for us. After all, it is much easier to let someone else pray for us or study for us. So the church unintentionally fosters a subtle form of spiritual codependency.
When the message is so well packaged and presented it can be too easy just to absorb it all and have no real understanding because we have not spend time with God ourselves to evaluate and implement what we have seen and heard.
One thing I like about NHC is that every week, without fail, people are reminded to bring their bibles – even though the scripture is displayed on the screens. If someone does not have a bible there are free bibles available at the front desk.
How else can we encourage people to seek God for themselves? How do we ignite the desire in their hearts to run after Him?