Are You a Lion or a Lamb?

Written by Ben Cheek on .

My boys were watching some classic toons on Netflix the other day and I caught the tale end of this one.  It hit on something that's been bouncing around in me -- something about time wasted playing it safe, thinking small, being "just a nice guy".

he became a young lion,
and he learned to catch prey...
[Ezekiel 19:3 ESV]

Here's to the Lions of God waking:


Sebastian De La Cruz, Root Stories, and Other People’s Expectations

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Last night I began coaching a new friend who is really passionate about working with the Chinese youth of our city. As often happens, the Lord was nudging me to listen to the how he’s invested his own nature in my friend. We did some work I like to call Root Stories. The idea is this: God arranges experiences — usually early in a person’s life — that hint at who they are meant to be: their intrinsic identity; their universal way of being. You can find these stories by remembering peak experiences: times of extreme focus and clarity that people often refer to as “flow” or “in the zone”.

Interpreting a root stories with someone will help you relate as children of God, connecting to the character the Father has invested at the soul’s first knowing. It will also tune your ears to the unique work God is doing in a person’s life and layout the geometry of how He wants to use them in His Kingdom. Pay attention to these design instructions and you can see both what the person was meant to do and the most natural way they can do anything.

Today I was listening to NPR’s All Things Considered. They featured a story about 11-year-old vocal sensation Sebastien De La Cruz who recently sang the national anthem at the last two NBA finals games. Of the experience, De La Cruz says, “To be honest, it was actually in slow motion for me. I don’t know how to explain it. It was just one of those moments.”


Digital Summit Recap - Alexis Ohanian

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Digital Summit 2013

On May 14th and 15th, I attended the 2013 Digital Summit in Atlanta, GA.  It is the largest digital marketing and strategies summit in the Southeast with over 1500 attendees converging on Atlanta. 

Alexis Ohanian - co-founder of Reddit was the keynote speaker the first afternoon.  The following are some brief nuggets he shared.  I found them to be very simple, yet very powerful thoughts on using social media, content creation, and connecting with your tribe.  Hope you enjoy them.


Atlanta #1 for Young Entrepreneurs

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The Atlanta Business Chronicle has just released an article today talking about the future of entrepreneurship in Atlanta.  According to Under30CEO the "Big Peach" ranked No. 1 among medium-sized cities (city limit population of 250,000 – 500,000).

This is great news indeed for those trying to figure out if they should go ahead and launch or not.  According to the article, "Under30CEO states the Atlanta metropolitan area is the eighth-largest economy in the country and 17th-largest in the world, encompassing $304 billion.”  To read more go to Atlanta Business Chronicle - Atlanta top city for young entrepreneurs.


Heavens Like a Tent

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Last night, I asked the Lord what his pleasure was. Immediately, I saw myself standing in a forest, it’s floor covered in thick fog. The sky was a dark grey void, swallowing light and sound. Above me something like a huge cloak opened. When I looked up into it, the fabric shimmered with all the stars of heaven.

The scene shifted to a place I knew. It was a lush glen in Lewis Morris Park (NJ), through which the Seven Bridges Trail snaked before it was rerouted. The scene was from the South looking North, standing just in front of a swampy basin where the grass by the stream stacked up in hillocks.

I was unsure of the meaning of these two scenes, but they came with a warm quickening in my mid back to the right (usually meaning something like the re-assurance of righteousness). I’m still a little clouded on the meaning, but as I’ve meditated on it, I was reminded to the following verses from Psalm 104:

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent….

….You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills;
they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. [vs 1, 2, 10-13 ESV]


Occupy and the Greener Gospel

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My parents and I talked today about a friend of mine, who is an extraordinary networker and Gospel contextualizer (though he might not claim the second). I met my friend due to his work with Occupy Wall Street (OWS). He pointed out how many of the values of the OWS movement lined up with the Gospel, and we often lamented together how much of the church — particularly the majority of otherwise vibrant evangelicalism — is clueless to this alignment that my friend calls “the Greener Gospel”.

OWS gets the alignment with Jesus. They frequently give non-exclusive credit to Christ as one of the forerunners of their activism. They even quote scripture to the church when it fails to see the connections for itself — as seen in the image below I took at Occupy Trinity, where one of the wealthiest churches in America is not that thrilled to host the prophetic voices on their sidewalk.


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