I am not ashamed to admit it. I have a new hero. His name is Bear Grylls.
I bought my wife a kindle fire for Christmas and we have been enjoying watching previously inaccessible cable shows for a month with the free trial of Amazon Prime. We don’t have or want cable or Netflix, so this was a real treat and when I found Man vs. Wild I was so excited! I’d seen the show a few times before when on the off-chance I caught an episode on Discovery channel.
I envy most everything about him. His freedom, his love and passion for adventure and the outdoors. He is truly an inspiration.
After getting a Bear Grylls survival knife for Christmas from my wife (awesome gift from my sweetie), I checked out his facebook page and watched a video he posted that moved me:
I was so thrilled to find that he was a Christian! I thought he might have some sort of faith because he, without fail, did a symbol of the cross before jumping out of an airplane or a helicopter. Ant then in one episode he talked about his faith, family, and friends and was shown praying before climbing into his bamboo hammock.
Then I discovered that his autobiography was at the library entitled, “Mud, Sweat, and Tears”. I finished it in a single day and loved chapter 25 where Bear talks about how he found his Christian faith. Simple. Real. Profound. He writes about how at the heart of the Christian faith it is simple. Here are a few quotes:
“To me , my Christian faith is all about being held, comforted, forgiven, strengthened and loved-yet somehow that message gets lost on most of us…” “It seems more like this Jesus came to destroy religion and bring life… Christ comes to make us free , to bring us life in all it’s fullness. He is there to forgive us where we have messed up (and who hasn’t?), and to be the backbone in our being.” – Bear Grylls (pg 91 Mud Sweat and Tears)
He shares how during difficult times and the greatest tests in his life (such as his SAS Selection and Mount Everest Climb) that he would quote Scriptures to himself like this one from Isaiah 41:13:
“For I hold you by your right hand—
I, the Lord your God.
And I say to you,
‘Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you.”
“We all have our limits. To push beyond those limits sometimes requires something just beyond ourselves. That is what my faith has given me – a secret strength and help when I have needed it most.” (pg 204)
After breaking his back in three places after a parachuting accident, he writes:
“But out of that despair, fear, and struggle came a silver lining… What I did know was that I needed something to give me back my hope. My sparkle. My life. I found that something in my Christian faith, in my family, and also in my dreams of adventure.
My Christian faith says that I have nothing to ever to fear or worry about. All is well.
At that time, in and out of hospital, it reminded me that, despite the pain and despair, I was held and loved and blessed – my life was secure though Jesus Christ.
That gift of grace has been so powerful to me ever since.” (pg.245)
He often shares one of his favorite verses that fits his life and love for adventure around the globe so well:
“Be sure of this, that I am with you always, even unto the ends of the earth.” Matthew 28:20
In this book Bear talks about his growing up years, his fun and crazy antics throughout school, his SAS selection, his climb of Everest and a little about his filming for Man vs. Wild. I would definitely recommend this book. It’s worth owning, would make a great gift and is a truly inspiring read.
Has Bear Grylls influenced you and who is your hero and why? Leave a comment.
- A Simple Faith (sousetoiles.wordpress.com)
- Bear Grylls: ‘I’ve made mistakes’ (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Bear Grylls Survival Academy: roasted rat for dinner, anyone? (telegraph.co.uk)
- My Perfect Adventure: Bear Grylls (outsideonline.com)
- Bear Grylls backs school that says: ‘Be prepared… for failure’ (thisismoney.co.uk)