Tuesday, August 20, 2013

someone worth meeting

“If you could meet any living person in the world, who would it be and why?”

The VP of Communications at the organization that currently holds an opening in the post-graduation position of my dreams looked at me expectantly, waiting to hear my brilliant response.

“Good question,” I said, racking my brain for that one talented, inspired individual whose work has single-handedly changed the world. The long arms of my mind reached around, grasping for a something, anything that would impress the person in front of me.


An actor or actress? No, I’m not a star-crossed fan and don’t want to come across as one.

A politician? Ha, better not. Saying “the President” is cliché, and siding with a party would be an even worse decision.

An athlete? Eh… maybe. Some of them are pretty inspirational… Sports is always a good working analogy… I’m running out of time…

“Michael Jordan.”

I knew full well that this is the answer some of my former teammates would have given in a hearbeat, but I had just read an article about him dunking at age 50 that morning and no one else had come to mind. {Why didn’t I say Tim Tebow???}

I proceeded to give all the reasons why I admire Michael Jordan – which I do – his underdog story, his drive to win no matter what, his hatred for sitting the sidelines. All good reason, but not enough to make me choose to meet him over the other 7 billion people in the world.

So really, if I could meet any person in the world, who would it be and why?

I’ve thought about this a long time. And I think the reason I can’t answer this question is because I don’t know these people’s names. I want to meet authentic, everyday people, not people paid millions of dollars to entertain me through movies, books and athletic events.

I want to meet people who have learned what it means to sacrifice everything for a life in Christ – the ones that gave up their high-paying jobs, white-picket fences and daily comforts to serve the underserved and love the overlooked.

I want to meet people who have learned to join God where He is working exactly where they are with exactly what they have – the ones with the mid-level jobs, 2.5 kids and a mortgage who live out their love for God in the every moments of their lives.

I want to meet people who have learned to recognize God’s presence in the most mundane of circumstances – the ones who dance in the rain and bathe in the sunlight and radiate a joy that could never compare to worldly offers of happiness.

And I want to listen to these people and learn from these people and praise God for these people. Because these are the kind of people I admire and want to learn from and aspire to be.

And that’s not an answer you will find in any of the hundreds of articles I have been reading on interview etiquette, but it’s the truth. And, VP of Communications, if you are reading this, that is my final answer – but, I really still do admire Michael Jordan.

So, now I’m going to put you on the spot. But, don’t worry, I’ll give you plenty of time to think. If you could meet any living person, who would it be and why?

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