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On the receiving side of a blessing

It’s a unique experience traveling with Stellar Kart. There have been many times that we’ll pull off the side of the road at a Outback Steakhouse or Cracker Barrel type places and be stopped and asked for a photo or autographs. The same thing is true when going through random airports. I kinda sit back in awe as I’m thinking – how did I get here, who are these people I work for, and who are these people asking for autographs? Kinda surreal, but fun.

We’re at a festival this weekend in South Dakota called Lifelight. After we played, we went into town to a Texas Roadhouse and walking to our table we hear multiple tables go “Hey that’s Stellar Kart!” Some of the guys don’t mind, some get annoyed pretty easily. It actually wasn’t as bad as it has been in the past…in fact I don’t think anybody asked the guys to sign anything.

Then the blessing comes – after we place our orders, a few minutes go by and our waitress came up and told us that somebody had already paid for our tab and that they wanted to remain anonymous. WHOA! We all look at each other and are like…in awe that somebody would do that for us, but at the same time that they would do it so perfectly to stay anonymous. Part of us were thinking “this is getting crazy” and the other half in amazement that somebody would do that for us.

It really made me think of how the Bible speaks of giving unconditionally and to give with a heart that doesn’t desire recognition for it, just purely giving for the sake of blessing one another and serving the Lord. It also definitely challenged me to think if I would be willing to do something like that, just to give to someone with no expectation of “Hey thanks”, or “Wow, you really didn’t have to do that”. Just no recognition at all. Wow. It really demonstrated to me a model of a type of person who has a truly humble servant’s heart.

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  • k-bomb

    Ok, Matt, you know that you are a great friend of mine and I REALLY think that your story is valid…but…wouldn’t it have been nice for those people to pay for someone’s meal who can’t afford one? When I think of charity I tend to lean toward those who Jesus asks us to seek: the poor, oppressed, widowed, orphaned, etc. Yes, it was very nice that you didn’t have to pay for your meal but it wasn’t because you couldn’t afford to, it was because you are famous. I believe that with fame comes responsibility, especially when popularity comes from being a Christian band (preacher, artist, youth director, etc.)
    Of course, I don’t know the whole story and I can’t say that I know what the band does in their free time to live out the transforming ministry of Jesus Christ but I do think that this story is a good indication that they may be the poor and oppressed Jesus is talking about…

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  • Anonymous

    I’ll bite. It was me. I hope you enjoyed your Salisbury Steak. And make sure you take the silverware you stole back to the restaurant.

    M@

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  • Sators

    The steak was great, thanks Matt! I thought silverware was complimentary?

    K-bomb, I can’t say I disagree with you. You have valid points that yes, there are indeed people starving in the world. My point was more at the fact that someone would do something like that anonymously and not receive credit. The person could have come up to the table and said – “Hey I think you guys are great, your meal is on me tonight”. But no.

    You may have missed the point in my entry that what this person did challenged me to reflect on myself of whether I could serve someone else and not expect to receive “glory” or recognition. It doesn’t matter if it was serving a band, a church, or a poor child in Africa, my nature is to want or expect a thank you, and that’s an area I want to challenge myself on.

    I think also though that there are many people in the world whose lives are influenced positively by Christian music. Not everyone of course, but to some people, it can really make a difference. If I was out with U2 and somebody paid for food, my viewpoint would be different. My interpretation of the meal for us being paid was someone out there who supports what the band is doing, has been touched themselves by the music, or knows somebody who has and wanted a way to say thank you.

    My guess is that someone who has the character to support the band in that manner probably supports many other ministries or people in need too.

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  • k-bomb

    I’ll have to say that for some reason I have this weird thing about me when it comes to fame that I can’t help but be critical of. What is it? I don’t know. But if it were not for fame, how would we know Mother Theresa?

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