The Pursuit of Bravery

A friend of mine showed me this video a couple of weeks ago. It is by far one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen this year. As 2014 approaches, I don’t promise it’ll be the best year, or that I’ll achieve tons of remarkable things. I only promise to pursue bravery. Bravery in the face of pain and heartache, bravery in healing, bravery in change. I will constantly whisper the words of CS Lewis: “Courage, dear heart.”

an atheist and a christian walk into a bar.

A coworker (and friend) of mine wrote this eloquent piece on the relationship between the religious, and the not-so-religious. An interesting read for both sides of the fence. Take a look, and then scoot over to Caitlin’s blog for some other great posts!

I can distinctly remember my first interactions with devoutly religious people. One was our neighbour who lived next door to us until we moved when I was in grade three. A single mom with two children, she preached to whoever was listening (or not) and held bible summer camps in her backyard. I hardly recall a sentence coming out of her mouth that did not mention God or Jesus. The second was one of my best friends in elementary school whose father was a pastor and her family religious to the point of nearing judgmental. If the words, “Oh my god” slipped from my mouth in front of them I would instantly be reminded that, “God has nothing to do with this.”

For a child who grew up in a non-religious household these examples set before me were extreme and, at times, terrifying. It all seemed a little too restrictive…

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