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“Don’t accumulate possessions; accumulate experiences.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2016-09-06) from his book, Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small (Kindle Location 2076). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Mark says, “Are you living your life in a way that is worth telling stories about? The sad reality is that most people spend their lives accumulating the wrong things. Instead of accumulating experiences, they accumulate possessions. And when that’s your objective, you end up possessed by your possessions. You don’t own them; they own you.”
He goes on, “There is a world of difference between making a living and making a life. Life isn’t measured in dollars; it’s measured in moments you can’t put a price tag on. It’s so easy to become a creature of habit, isn’t it? We go through the routine day after day. And before we know it, we’re just going through the motions. Don’t settle for the status quo. For that matter, don’t settle…

“Faith isn’t prudent or imprudent; it’s valiant.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2016-09-06) from his book, Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small (Kindle Locations 1988-1989). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Here’s what Mark says leading up to this thought, “For more than forty years, Dr. Glen Reid served as a missionary in the Middle East. Everyone who knew him had the utmost respect for him. So they were surprised by his courageous confession at the age of eighty-two: ‘I have failed throughout my life because I have let fear and prudence be my gods while I avoided trusting God.’ Dr. Reid shared about a moment on the mission field when God prompted him to share the gospel with a tribe of cannibals. Dr. Reid decided not to chase that lion. His excuse was prudence, and it ranks as one of his great regrets. Later in life he recognized prudence for what it really was, his god.”
Mark goes on, “Faith isn’t logical or illogical; …

“Some people roll over and play dead when backed into a corner by bad news.”

A thought by Mark Batterson (2016-09-06) from his book, Chase the Lion: If Your Dream Doesn't Scare You, It's Too Small (Kindle Locations 1895-1896). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I hope you’re not like that but I know this as Mark says, “The Enemy comes to steal your joy, kill your dreams, and destroy your life. Jesus came that you might have life and have it more abundantly.”
He goes on, “Simply put, we were born on a battlefield between good and evil, and we have to choose sides. I’m not one of those people who see a demon behind every bush. But I also know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. We’re in a dogfight with the devil, and we don’t have to take it sitting down.”
Isaiah 54: 17, “No weapon formed against us will prosper.”James 4: 7, “If we resist the devil, he will flee from us.”And Romans 8: 31, “And if God is for us, who can be against us?”
Mark then says, “The Bible says …