Meet John Close (https://theleapingconnection.com/). We are family, but he is so much more than that to me. He’s one of my favourites. As he lives in Victoria and I’m here for work this week, we saw each other for the first time in over 10 years. He was gracious enough to invite me onto his incredible podcast (linked below) and we had a chance to catch up over beers afterwards. John has long been a hero of mine. Growing up in Rural Saskatchewan and small town Manitoba, I was always following him and my older brother everywhere while they tolerated my little kid existence. But it was always an adventure with a mix of trouble following them around. In high school, he became a mentor to me and many others, showing us a different vision of what being a Christian could be. John is someone who didn’t (and doesn’t) settle for the status quo. Much of my desire to search for truth, meaning and beauty in life came from watching his path, modelling my search after him. Not because he does it perfectly. He is real about his struggles. But because of his honesty and sincerity and the genuine way he has always challenged bland Christianity that neutered the beauty of Jesus. The word authentic is thrown around lots these days, but John fits the description well. He’s willing to ask really hard questions, even when it meant losing the faith he grew up with. This costs more than most people understand.
Lest you think he’s some kind of a stoic guru, he’s also the most hilarious guy I know. An energy that is unrivalled. He reads Richard Rohr and Sam Harris but loves Dumb & Dumber and terrible dad jokes. He cheers for the Edmonton Oilers, so he is used to being the butt of a joke…(obligatory hockey joke for those who get it). His laugh is contagious and he makes people happy. He has a childlike energy, never taking himself too seriously but always taking life and others seriously. I love this guy. He has changed my life for the better, and I’m grateful.
Who has changed your life? Who could you reach out to today and let them know the impact they’ve had on you. Check out Obstaclecoursepodcast! It’s a beauty conversation about overcoming obstacles. Worth your time!