Friday, November 21, 2008

How important is your Christian faith to you?

My current favorite TV show is Bear Gryll's, Man vs. Wild. I love the outdoors & the places they film in, yet God would whisper, "There’s something more about Bear Grylls to take note of."

This past week I discovered what I was supposed to take note of after visiting his website for the first time & discovering he's a Christ follower. Last night the episode had him hunkering down on the remote Patagonian steppe & reflecting, "at cold, lonely & quiet times such as these the important things become even more important, which for me is my Christian faith."

When asked about his faith he adds, "It feels like the rock in my life and it has taken me a long time to no longer be afraid to say that. But I have learnt that it takes a proud man to say he needs nothing. Faith gives me a strong backbone and when we find that within ourselves we can then live more exciting, effective, kind, passionate and giving lives. Life has a meaning again. It doesn’t though make life easier in any way, and I still battle with my fair share of struggles and doubt and often great self-doubt, but that is just the product of trying to stretch beyond the norm and to live life fully. I depend on a few simple verses everyday that have held me thro so many tough times. They are a mix of these:

'I am here to help you'
'I am holding you by your right hand'

'The lord himself watches over you'

Bear's comment, "It has taken me a long time to no longer be afraid to say that," reminds me of Paul's journey's in Acts and his faithful testimony in front of hostile crowds, rulers and courts.

Who is our strength?
What is your anchor?
Are you hiding it?

Luke 8:16-18
"No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a washtub or shoves it under the bed. No, you set it up on a lamp stand so those who enter the room can see their way. We're not keeping secrets; we're telling them. We're not hiding things; we're bringing everything out into the open. So be careful that you don't become misers of what you hear. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes."


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