Gem hunting is something I’ve long done in the face of depression. I have a teeny-tiny note book, and each day, when I’m feeling low, I write down one thing from that day that was good. Often quite simple things, like a rabbit spotted on a grass verge, or a freshly brewed coffee.
A good friend told me about lion-chasing last night. I’m now considering adding it to my anti-depression arsenal. The following is taken from the book In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day by Mark Battertson
The LION CHASER’S MANIFESTO
Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.
Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life.
Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze a new trail. Criticize by creating.
Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself.
Quit holding out. Quit holding back. Quit running away.
Chase the lion!
Lion chasing seems more abstract than gem hunting, but I think that the two together will complement each other well. I’m someone who needs to “let go and let God” more than I do; this may help. With God’s help.