“The life of the village depends on the health of the stream. The stream is your soul. And you are the keeper.” - John Ortberg
It wasn’t even two weeks into my first job at Southland that the infamous pastor, Brewster McLeod, dropped a jawbone of a donkey on my desk. Then, in front of a room full of people at church, he proceeded to quote the King James Version of the story about Samson slaying 1,000 men, including the three-letter-word for donkey. You may not know Brewster, but you probably do know someone who lights up any room they walk in, just like he does. Brewster has this way about him that sparks intrigue. He’s never met a stranger, and he wants good for everyone.
I want to be more like Brewster because Brewster acts a lot like Jesus. I’ve sat in funeral after funeral that Brewster has done, and I am always amazed at how well he knows the family of the deceased. He makes people laugh, cry, and rejoice as he ventures down memory lane with the family and friends who have gathered to celebrate the life of their loved one. However, it’s not just funerals where he celebrates others. He started an incredible event celebrating people with special needs called Jesus Prom. The Tebow Foundation now hosts events like Jesus Prom in over 100 countries around the world. Brewster has most recently started McLeod’s Coffee House providing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The man is truly a living legend.
In all my years of knowing Brewster, I’ve never heard the man say a mean word about anyone. He sees others the way Jesus sees them. Brewster is able to love others so well because his soul is healthy. He loves Jesus with his whole heart. He gives grace regularly because he knows his deep need for it. He’s so busy and consumed with loving Jesus and others that he doesn’t have time for anything else.
Things get out of order when we don’t keep the main thing the main thing. How’s your relationship with Jesus today? Spend a little extra time with Him today in the Word, on a walk, or in prayer.