This last Friday I had the opportunity to meet some men who are relatively famous, depending on what circles you are in. I follow both men on Twitter and have read books both published. These are the first two people I have ever met that one would consider as famous. If for whatever reason you aren’t familiar with them, check out the links
Twitter – @jonacuff /http://www.jonacuff.com/stuffchristianslike/
Twitter – @daveramsey/http://www.daveramsey.com
My family was not one to do much entertaining when I was growing up. We had family over but really no one else came over. So it was rare to have people in our house. When I was in the 5th grade I started going through a Catechism class at the Lutheran Church we attended. For whatever reason my mom agreed to let the class participants and their parents come to our house. You would have thought someone famous was coming to our house, we cleaned like we had never cleaned before, we scrubbed walls, bleached anything possible and had our humble little single wide trailer looking as good as it could get.
As a young kid growing up in Montana we didn’t see a lot of famous people coming through our state. In fact the university we lived closest to wasn’t set up to handle large concerts. The first concert I ever went to was Amy Grant and Kenny Loggins. I never got to meet either one. The only real band I ever wanted to see was Def Leppard and I never got to do that. Later in college I took my mom to see Reba McEntire, Brooks &Dunn and Clint Black (in case you don’t know who they are – it country music artists). I asked my mom while we were at the concert what she would do if we could meet them and she said she would be shocked and not know what to do or say. That always struck me as odd.
We tend to glamorize and make folks into celebrities. Hollywood does a great job of thrusting folks into stardom, building them up and making them larger than life. People idolize them and put them up on a pedestal. I will admit I have been star struck a few times in my life. However in thinking about it, when we strip all the glamour and Hollywood from a person, they are still a person, they still have struggles just like you and me and there is no guarantees for their life. God may be using them in different ways than me, but it’s still a person and not God.
I enjoy all types of people from all walks of life. I love just talking to others and getting to know them. Despite being famous or semi-famous I a still going to treat you the same. I would welcome you into my home as if you were family, feed you, see if there were any other needs I could help with and enjoy the time talking with you. My wife and I do a lot of entertaining and have people over all the time. When I am sitting there talking with you, I don’t care if you’re the President of the United States or my neighbor. You mean the same to me no matter what.
I really enjoyed meeting both Dave Ramsey and Jonathan Acuff. I had a great time hanging out and listening to them and engaging in conversation with them. When I found out they were both coming to Portland and I could meet them I took advantage of the opportunity. I actually have a friend who lives in Nashville and goes to the same church as Jonathan and his family and is in a small group with him. He didn’t tell me this until I old him I was going to get to meet him and how much I would really enjoy talking to him and he was right.
Living in Portland we have a number of folks considered to be famous. One of those I would most enjoy meeting, sharing food and spending an evening talking to is Donald Miller. I have yet to run into him, but hope some day I will. Given the size of Portland I shouldn’t be shocked at the amount of folks on Twitter and those who are blogging. I have tweeted with a few of them. To my surprise I got to meet someone I follow and exchanging Tweets with, Matt was there with his family and it was a great honor for me to talk with him.
What about you, what would you do if you met someone famous? Who would you most like meet?