Over more than 30 years in radio, I’ve had the privilege of meeting quite a number of the artists I’ve played on the air. And many of them I consider to be friends. It strikes me as a little odd then that only one of them is friends with me on Facebook. Well, that certainly made choosing today’s “Awesome Facebook Friend Of The Day” a little easier. It’s Russ Lee.
I first met Russ when he was singing with the group Newsong. (By the way, those guys put on one of the best live shows you’ll ever experience.) I was at first impressed with Russ’ vocal abilities. That boy can sing. But as I spent more time with him, during in-studio interviews, backstage before and after shows, and even once during a show (yes, they pulled me on stage during an encore at a concert in St. Louis, a mistake they never repeated) I came to appreciate his heart for service even more.
To say that Russ is on fire for the Lord would be a gross understatement. Words like enthusiasm and exuberance don’t even come close to his excitement about his faith. He once told me, “I came to the Lord years ago, and I still can’t over it, all He’s done for me.” It was a treat to see Russ every time Newsong came to town, or after he’d gone solo, getting a chance to see Russ by himself. He can still flat out sing. But that’s nothing compared to how the Lord uses his heart to reach hurting people.