Last night Jon Acuff spoke at The Walk, a college and young adult worship gathering at Sevier Heights Baptist Church in Knoxville. I met up with my friends Larry and David. I worked with those guys several years ago where we spent our breaks hanging out together. It was like old times.
While I have been a long time reader of Jon Acuff’s blog Stuff Christians Like and have enjoyed reading his books and getting acquainted with him on Twitter, this was my first time seeing him speak in person.
What did I think? Well…I was disappointed. Here are 4 reasons why:
1. There weren’t any Skittles. Anywhere. I looked under tables. I looked under chairs. I looked in the restroom. None. He didn’t even mention them. He mentioned sidehugs, but not Skittles. I thought they went together like peanut butter and jelly or teenagers and texting constantly. I was wrong; so, so wrong.
2. I was one of the oldest dudes there. I realize that The Walk is for college-aged folks, but I am only a couple of weeks away from my 34th birthday. And I was older than the average age by at least 11 years. It didn’t help that I was dressed like a model for JCPenney’s Big & Tall collection.
3. I didn’t get any banana pudding. After the service, there was banana pudding and chocolate pudding being offered. FOR FREE! Who are these crazy people giving away banana pudding?!?! Don’t they know that in some parts of the South banana pudding is considered currency? Yet, I didn’t get any. One of the biggest regrets of my life.
4. Jon’s unibrow was underwhelming. Since he has mentioned it so much, I was expecting a glorious, Greek-like strip of hair sitting boldly over his eye sockets. Instead, it was tiny. I’ve seen better unibrows on babies. Here’s hoping he will keep growing it to its full potential.
To be honest, I really wasn’t disappointed at all.
Jon was funny, engaging, and spoke about big themes in a way that was touching and real. He brought the laughs with “Booty, God, Booty” and “Deep V-Neck Syndrome.” He also proclaimed the Gospel with clarity.
Afterward, my friends and I stood in line to meet him. When it was our turn he looked up at me and said, “Hey, it’s the giant. Seekingpastor, right?” I thanked him for his ministry and bad-mouthed his unibrow. He was gracious and signed my copy of Quitter.
As I was driving home, I reflected on someone who I admire as a writer knowing who I am and calling me out by name (or Twitter handle). Then I remembered something that he talked about that I hope those in attendance really took to heart.
We are already known by the Creator of the universe. We will never get more famous than that.
I appreciate Jon, his writing, and his love for God. If you haven’t done so yet, do yourself a favor and take a look at his blog, purchase his books, and let his humor open your heart to important truths that will encourage and uplift you.
Have you ever met a writer you admire?
What do you think about a grown man getting another grown man’s autograph?