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More Than Just a Fan                            June 18, 2014

Dear friends,

My first thought was to turn around and go after him.  I hadn't seen him in a
couple of years so it took me a moment to recognize him.  As we passed I nodded
and he smiled back at me.  He was around the corner by the time I realized that I
had just passed Jim Calhoun.

I was killing time.  I had showed up early for a wedding rehearsal at the Water's
Edge Resort in Westbrook.  I had an hour to burn so I decided to head over to the
Outlet Mall to get some exercise and do some walking.

The funny thing is that I actually thought about turning around to see if I could
catch up with the Coach.  I stopped and immediately began rehearsing what I was
going to say to him as if he was a long lost friend I hadn't seen in a while.

Fortunately I was hit with a dose of reality before I had the chance to make a fool
of myself.  It is funny the way your brain works though.  You see someone on
television or read about them in the newspaper or a magazine and you feel like you
know them.

We do it all the time with politicians and celebrities.  We build up quite a rapport
with them in our heads.  As I continued walking I thought of Annie Wilkes, the
character played by Kathy Bates in the Stephen King movie, Misery.  She was
James Caan's number one fan.

That's when it hit me: This is what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 7 when he
said, "Not every one who says 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven..."
Jesus has a lot of fans.  People know a lot about him but for many it is just a
superficial relationship.

As Christians we are called to be "all in" for Jesus.  It is not enough to know
about him. He invites us to become friends and to walk with him through life.  I
pray that when you see Jesus, that yours will be more than an accidental encounter
with somebody you thought you knew.  It will be the real deal.

God bless! See you in church.