Rediscovering Joy this Easter by Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls, April 4th, 2012

Jesus wants his children to have more fun, I am sure of it. He wants us to enjoy him, now, in the moment...

Last Easter we had the privilege of posting this feature, written by Bear Grylls specially for 24-7. Bear is an adventurer known to 1.2 billion people for his Man Versus Wild television series and Chief Scout to 28 million Scouts worldwide. 

We received such an incredible response that have decided to re-post it this year. 

He doesn't want us to be worried. We all worry so much - about today, about yesterday, about tomorrow. Jesus wants us to love him and enjoy him - now. "Cast your burdens onto Jesus for he loves you..." 1 Peter 5:7.

Sure, we want to change the world, lead friends to Christ, be effective, be successful. But the way to do all this is to keep close to Jesus. To nestle, not wrestle. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God..and all these things shall be added unto you..." Matthew 6:43. So let's get close to Jesus. Seek him first in our lives. Love is the key. Love, love, love. "…all the laws hang on this one" Galatians 5:14. We should be calm. Be happy. Smile. We are so blessed and have been bought at a price.
 
Let's not just live a busy life. Busy-ness keeps us from enjoying lif

e and enjoying Jesus in the now. It is a carefully crafted mask of pseudo-spirituality that hides us from ever having to be still for too long. It stops us hearing the still voice of calm. The voice of Jesus. "But it is kingdom work" we reply. "We are doing so much 'good'." Jesus replies: "I want your heart." (Remember Mary & Martha). Like a father, he wants us to be happy. Do you know that feeling for your own children? Have you ever wanted to say to your child:

​"it is all ok. Don't worry so much. I love you. Enjoy our time together now, not tomorrow. I will hold you. Together we will have great adventures and you will blossom…"

Nestle don't wrestle

Do we want to be effective? Do we want to change the world? The world says then we must get busy, have a plan, have a strategy, get serious. The kingdom of God is different, it is topsy turvy, it always has been, it is part of what is so wonderful about Jesus. He turns things upside down. Forgive. Love. Be still. So we want to be effective and change the world? Jesus has the plan – pray for it to come about. Nestle don't wrestle. Listen. Walk and play and smile and have fun with Jesus. He has the plan, the strategy. He can do the serious bit. We are his children. He wants us to be light. To be happy. Free under the shadow of his great wing.

And as we walk this path, seek community - honest real, true friendships, and keep them fun. Enjoy each other. In the now. Then get out there and go for it all, your dreams and ambitions and hopes - those things are great, God given, but they need to flow from the core of us that needs to be still. Don't let the journey cover the void. Think about it. We cover the void through spirituality and busy–ness, all the time. But God wants the core to be filled up first. Who wants their kids to be successful but empty? We want them to be heart and core happy. So stay close to Jesus, calm in his presence, then get out there and do your stuff. But as you are in the middle of the battles and the negotiations and the plans, just sometimes smile to yourself, be still, feel the ever present love of Christ within you. That is a gift of God. He wants us to enjoy the moment, every moment, every blessing of life and health we have been given.
 
Never take anything for granted. Enjoy. Nestle. Smile. You are so blessed. A child of the Almighty. Bought at a price so you can be free. Don't squander that gift by reaching the end of your days, successful but tired, having been too busy. Enjoy the now. Smile. Be grateful. Be free. It makes Jesus so happy.And amidst it all, again, seek community- honest, real, true friendships, and keep them fun. Enjoy them. Together in Christ. In the now.

Let people hold onto the coat-tails of your faith

Don't get religious. Or too serious. Ever. Mother Theresa was, above everything, fun. Ask those she worked with. So was Jesus. Read the Gospels. (Wine/parties, you name it!) Stay close to Christ - smile, be free. That freedom was bought at a price. Life is a gift, given for you, to enjoy. Along the way, bless people, every day, love them, touch them, compliment them, empower them, be generous to them. You have warehouses of resources through Christ that will never run dry. Barns overflowing with God's supply, ready for you to use. Have faith. Give it away. Bless. Bless. Bless. Christ wants vessels that have such faith. Then he can overflow them continuously into other peoples lives.
 
Let people hold onto the coat-tails of your own faith. People are so hungry: for faith, for purpose, for meaning, for forgiveness, for healing. Desperate to find home. So don't be shy. Life is too short to be embarrassed to give of your faith. Life is come and gone in a blink. People will want what you have if you are living it right. Hear that? People will want what you have if you are living it right. So give them what you have. Point the way. Always upwards. Always light. Always smiling. There is enough love flowing through you from Christ to fill up everyone who comes near you. Keep giving. It is how Jesus works. Through his children. Through you.
 

And once again, through it all: seek community - honest, real, true friendships, and keep them fun. Enjoy them. Together in Christ. In the now. And everyday be oh so grateful....

Thank you Lord, for so much. Alleluia."


Feature Image adapted from image available at www.beargrylls.com

Eye image is a derivative of the image 'Close up eye red - Jesus - cross' by Gerardofegan and is used by permission in accordance with commons copyright license terms.
 

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British SpecialForces, serving with 21 SAS.  Today he is the star of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor TV series, which has become one of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers.  Find out more about Bear Grylls on his website.

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  • Brandon
    27th Mar

    I read this almost everyday…

  • Cathy
    18th Apr

    Thanks Bear. Something shifted in my life recently that I thought might be a big inconvenience but I’ve just looked at it again through new eyes after reading your words. Turns out that it might just be a wonderful opportunity instead to live out real community. Cheers Mr Grylls.

  • Robert
    17th Apr

    Wow! We watch Bear all the time, and now knowing he is a beliver, FANTASTIC! This was a great and inspirational article. Thank you Bear for sharing your Love of Jesus from this perspective. This really does show that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Thanks Bear and may Jesus continue to bless you and keep you safe on your entertaining adventures.

  • Holly
    7th Apr

    Thankyou so much for this :) So beautifully written, very encouraging. Imprints and supports things God has been trying to tell me recently :D Blessings xxx

  • Joshua Coman
    6th Apr

    Such a refreshing thought and prospective. Thank you very much Bear. I will share this with friends and family. God bless you and your family. I Hope your Easter is filled with great happiness and fun filled memories.

  • Ian Fraser
    5th Apr

    Beautiful words, thank you Bear Grylls. What day is it? It’s today. What time is it? It’s now. The glory of God is a man fully alive.

  • John
    5th Apr

    So inspired by this… This has really captivated my imagination for how life should be…. Thank you for this post.

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