So I’ve got this thought that maybe I’ll spend some time focusing on people who I both know in the real world and feature on my blog roll. When I start series of posts, my attention span usually gets me through about 3 posts. I won’t promise I’ll make it all the way through. But I will start.
For no reason that I can put into words, I think I’ll start with Billy.
Billy’s blog can be found in the blogroll to the right. He doesn’t post all that often. But he’s an incredible human being.
My wife met Billy when she stopped into the Christian book store that he used to manage. She was looking for a church. He pointed us toward Fellowship.
Not only was Fellowship Church the place where I found Christ, Billy and his equally cool wife Colleen were also the host of the first small group I ever attended.
Billy is a big dude. Sometimes, when I look at him, I get this urge to slam into him, full tilt. I have this sense that I could do my moshing-best to stagger him, and he wouldn’t budge.
There is something deeply symbolic in all this. It’s more than just a physical fact that Billy is rooted, so deeply rooted and unshakeable. To tweak a biblical anology, it’s like he’s this stem but Jesus is the root.
You know how there are times when you want to rationalize things in a certain direction? You know how when you want things to go to the left, you have those friends who will steer you left, so you seek those people out? Or if you wanted to go to the right, anyway, you go to those right-steering people, so that you can rationalize that you sought out counsel after the fact, when everything explodes?
Well, Billy, he’s like the opposite of all that. I don’t want to say that Billy is moderate. That makes him sound all beige and milque toast. Even-keeled is a little better, but not much. And to call him wise is so vague, but it’s accurate. I think usually he’s not even aware of his wisdom, which certainly surpasses his years. (It’s not hard for Billy’s wisdom to surpass his years, though. It turns out he’s only 12.)
(O.K., so the whole 12 thing is an exageration. If you don’t know me I don’t want you to think I’m some sketchy old guy hanging out with 12 year olds. My point was, chronologically, Billy is young.)
Having said all this does not even touch on Billy’s amazing genorousity. And I can go on for paragraphs about how awesome it is to watch him develop Fellowship Church’s web campus. And I could say so much about his great family. Our families don’t spend nearly enough time together, and yet, inexplicably, they feel like flesh and blood relations. And I Billy is somebody who can make South Park References and quote scripture with equal applomb, which is an impressive characteristic in anybody…