If nothing else, I'm upset I didn't think of it first. However, it's amazing that it worked in today's culture. What am I talking about?
Okay, meet Ryan Fitzgerald. Ryan's 20 years old, lives at home with dad, recently lost his part-time job and has some spare time on his hands. What makes Ryan more hero than loser? Ryan posted a YouTube video on Friday where he gave out his cell phone number and told whoever watched the video if they wanted to talk to call.
5,000 calls later, Ryan's in the news.
Ryan is looking at a $20,000 cell phone bill. His "free nights and weekends" service through T-Mobile? Evidently there is a limit after all. Ryan is out of minutes. And it's just one weekend.
What is Ryan's thoughts on this? What's he going to do with his bill? How does this stop?
Come Monday, no way I’m going to just hang up on people and say, ‘I don’t have the minutes'," he said. "Some people’s own mothers won’t take the time to sit down and talk with them and have a conversation, but some stranger on YouTube will ... After six seconds, you’re not a stranger anymore, you’re a new kid I just met."
To watch his original video, see below:
To watch his update, 48 hours after he started, see below:
What's Jeff's Take here? Some complete stranger in Massachusettes is telling the world that he cares for you. Is this not the heartbeat of the Missional Church? Hear me, I don't know the heart of Ryan, but I love the fact that he makes himself available to people. I think we could learn alot from this 20 year old
loser caring individual.
For more information, check out the article from Associated Press.
God, may we have the same passion for the lost as Ryan does. May we care for people, listen to their hearts, their needs.