Notes from Innovative Impact: Mark Batterson

“I want to live my life so that the best I can do is not the best I can do, but the best God can do.”

“If you’re in a pit with a lion on a snowy day, you’re probably dead. But it looks good on a resume for a bodyguard.”

Based on a study, the regret for actions (having done something you wish you hadn’t) is most common in the short term. Regret for inactions (not doing something you wish you had) is the biggest long term regret by 84 to 16.

“You can do nothing wrong and still do nothing right.”

Next book is Wild Goose Chase because the Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit the Wild Goose. (ed. I love that metaphor.)

God has called on us to play the offense. (gates of hell shall not prevail against it)

We’re more known for what we are against than for what we are for.

Over time the cognitive center of gravity shifts from imagination to memory. You stop creating the future and start repeating the past.

Do lttle things like they are big things.

Paul: He who began a good work in you is faithful…

Why would a church have a coffee house? Jesus didn’t teach a lot in the synagogues. He hung out at the wells, which was the gathering place of the times. A coffee house is the postmodern well.

I refuse to sacrifice my family on the altar of my ministry.

Are you playing offense spiritually?

Disciple my 12 year old son: Three things we agreed to do:
run a 10K together
read twelve books this year together
read through the New Testament and underline relevant verses.

Dream God-sized dreams, that will force you to depend on him.

Pray ridiculous prayers. Mt. 18:18 (boung on earth bound in heaven)

Pray for things that are bound to fail unless God intervenes.

Are you living your life in a way that is worth telling stories about?

We owe it to God to live our lives in such a way that it is worth telling stories about. God wants to tell my story. If I don’t have any guts, he isn’t getting any glory.

To Him who is able to do more than we ask or imagine be glory forever and ever.

To hear more from Mark go to his blog.