I’ve been reading a book I bought when I was at the 2 weeks of Equip training for Wycliffe in Orlando Florida. The title “In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day” caught my eye when I was in The Village Shop.
The author is Mark Batterson, and he clearly has geek tendencies, and he’s my kind of guy. The book uses 2 Samuel 23:20-21 as a jumping off point to discuss risk and opportunity.
Mark uses examples of risk takers in scripture and makes points using science, history, movies, personal experience and whatever else came to his mind.
One of the strategic themes Wycliffe’s Vision 2025 is creativity, which includes the following: “We need to multiply our efforts by experimenting with new ideas … To do so will require us to take risks and be willing to fail, as well as learn from the process and results.”(emphasis added)
One of the reasons that I am excited to start working with Wycliffe is to see what opportunities exist to push their software forward. I hope to be involved in making changes, and in creating new tools to improve the translation process.
I have really enjoyed the book, and I recommend it to anyone, not just nerds. It’s full of good points and quotable lines. My favorite so far is: “God is great not just because nothing is too big for Him. God is great because nothing is too small for Him either.”
This book reminds me that faith doesn’t grow unless you put yourself in a position where God alone can come through.