23
Apr
21

Fanboy Nerves

Have you ever met a celebrity?

Growing up, my best friend’s father was the weatherman on the Channel Six Nightly News. I always thought it was pretty cool to go over to Kirk’s house and see Nick Thompson – the guy who told thousands of people in the Columbus, Ohio metro area whether to expect rain, snow, sleet, or sun – sitting in his BarcaLounger in a T-shirt, smoking a cigarette, and reading the newspaper. 

Many years later my friend and I bumped into all five members of the Grateful Dead walking up the alleyway behind Seattle’s Paramount Theater. It was an hour before concert time and they were heading into the stage door, getting ready to play. In that stunned, star-struck moment, the only words I could coax from my mouth were, “Play good!”

What an IDIOT!

To that I can add meeting and posing for a picture with ABC TV’s George Stephanopolous [Trust me, there really IS a picture. I know it’s somewhere around here…] and bumping into Bo Jackson as he dropped off his clothes at a Kansas City dry cleaner.

Compared with some people I know, my list of close encounters of the celebrity kind is very short. The fact is, being in the vicinity of famous and/or accomplished people makes me feel awkward, unimportant, and small. I fear if I had more encounters to report, they would all include awkward, blubbering fanboy moments like the one I had with Jerry Garcia and friends. 

But here is the truly amazing thing for me to stop and realize; every day I bump into arguably the most famous, the most earth-shaking, most significant human being the world has ever seen! And instead of tensing up and stuttering, I come away overflowing with trust, confidence, and deep peace.

I am sure you know I’m talking about Jesus, right?

No, he didn’t make multiple platinum selling records, or interview Princess Diana, or set NFL rushing records, or walk on the moon.

All Jesus did was make the deaf hear, the lame walk, the blind see, and the dead live again. He only drew the dividing line between B.C. and A.D. on our calendars and got up from the grave three days after offering his earthly life as a sacrifice for you and me. 

Jesus merely set into motion a world-wide movement that has transformed the hearts of billions of men, women, and children and has survived every attempt to wipe it out. 

And yet… this awesome world-changer reaches out to you and to me every day, smiles, and says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29, NRSV). 

And you know what? 

He doesn’t make me even a little bit nervous.

Abundant blessings;


3 Responses to “Fanboy Nerves”


  1. 1 Warren Molton
    May 10, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Dear Russel,

    Dian and I spent a month in the hospital with the virus. While we have returned to our apartment now, nothing is the same. And this is being written by a friend.

    So glad you seem to be settling nicely in Colorado, and with this note I send you all good wishes.

    Warren

    On Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 10:14 AM Russellings of the Spirit wrote:

    > revruss1220 posted: ” Have you ever met a celebrity? Growing up, my best > friend’s father was the weatherman on the Channel Six Nightly News. I > always thought it was pretty cool to go over to Kirk’s house and see Nick > Thompson – the guy who told thousands of people in t” >

  2. May 15, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Years ago when I was in my songwriting season, I met a well-known singer after his concert. I was in the line to get autographs, and by the time I got to him (I was the last one in line, on purpose.) I’m sure he was on “automatic.” I handed him a partially folded piece of paper and asked him to sign it at the bottom. After he had signed it, I unfolded it to show him he had signed a contract saying he would record one of my songs, and I handed him the demo tape. He laughed, maybe because there was nothing on the contract saying WHEN he would record it. (I’m still waiting.)
    On the other hand, I talk to Jesus every day. I don’t have to wait in line, and I don’t have to trick him into showing me favor. He is always there for me, and He has blessed me so much, I have no desire to meet celebrities, unless He’s telling me to share the gospel with them.


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