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bear reality

I’m guessing we all know Bear Grylls. If not, he’s an adventurer who has done and continues to do some pretty wild things…

Served in British Special Air Service
Youngest Briton to climb Mt. Ama Dablam
Youngest Briton to summit Mt Everest
Writes a book, The Kid Who Climbed Everest
Sets world record for highest open-air dinner party, under hot air balloon at 25,000ft
Stars in TV series, Man vs Wild
First to fly a powered paraglider to a height above Mt Everest
Climbs unexplored mountain peaks in Antarctica
Stars in TV series, Worst Case Scenario.

He also eats nasty bugs and anything else he can get his hands on in the wild. This guy has got some guts. He also has faith which he refers to as the “backbone” of his life. He describes it this way, “Christianity is not about religion –it’s about faith, about being held, about being forgiven. Jesus never said, ‘I’ve come so you can feel smart and proper and smiley and religious.’ Faith is about finding life and joy and peace — finding home.” Grylls says this about his adventures, “The magic of the big expedition is that life becomes more raw. The fluff that we live with– the pettiness– it all gets blown away. What really matters comes to the front. I think the challenge for us is to keep that raw essence of faith when we are back in the fluff of life.”   Perhaps he’s right.  Maybe we should all go climb a mountain – we’ve got way too much fluff not enough faith.  

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1 Response to “bear reality”


  1. May 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    I love camping and rock climbing for that very reason (though I am no where near as intense as Bear). It is great to have the fluff blown away. Even if we don’t go climb a mountain, “Lord blow away more of the fluff and replace it with faith” is an important prayer.


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