“I don’t want to live 98.9% for Jesus,” … “I want to live 100% for Him!” - Brett McLean
A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending a memorial service for a young man who, at the age of 26, lost his life I am told, while attempting to save another. Serving as a camp counselor in north central Oregon, Brett McLean (son of Scott and Christie Huggins McLean, Dip ’73 ex.) jumped in to a turbulent waterfall to rescue a camper who had slipped and fallen in. Sadly both lives were lost.
I met Brett this past year while working on a film project with one of our alums, Jamie Lawson, as we highlighted the ministry of Multnomah alumni. In such a short period of time I was surprised by how quickly Brett had captured my heart. The joy and enthusiasm for life, which many spoke of at his memorial service, was certainly evident in our brief time together.
"Brett was the guy people want to be like… the guy people loved to be around," Lawson said. "He was a guy who thought of other people first, all the time." "He impacted a lot of people” … “He loved life and touched many!”
The days that followed the news of Brett’s passing were sobering for me, as I reflected on the frailty of life and the gift we are given with each new day. Whether facing a terminal illness or enjoying a vibrant and healthy life tomorrow is never promised—it can be taken at any moment.
The memorial service was a beautiful celebration, filled with thought provoking eulogies, awe inspiring worship, and powerful testimonials demonstrating the inspirational influence of Brett’s life. He had just shared a few days prior to the accident of his desire to live passionately for the Savior: “I don’t want to live 98.9% for Jesus,” Brett exclaimed. “I want to live 100% for Him!” Brett’s deep and passionate love for the Savior was certainly evident in how he lived and undoubtedly clear by the impact he had on others.
I continue to think about the words framed on a commitment card shared at his service: “Jonathan Brett McLean 1986-2012… A life lived as it was sent to do”— Simple and yet powerful words, aren’t they, as we think about living our lives focused towards the glory of God?
In just a few short weeks, we’ll welcome hundreds of students back to Multnomah’s campus—some returning, some entering for the first time—Together they will come with a shared commonality for knowing God’s Word and making Him known. Will you join me in praying for these students, that God would use their lives as He has Brett’s? That within them a deep passion and love for the Word and an intimate relationship with the Savior would grow.
Even as we think about our own lives and how we might live with the knowledge that each and every day we have the power to move people and to change lives, my prayer is that He would create within us a renewed desire to fulfill our passions and live each day fully committed to Him.
Living the life I was sent to,
Michelle M. Peel, B.A. ‘00, M.A. ‘10
Director of Alumni Relations
Multnomah University—Multnomah Bible College, Biblical Seminary and Graduate School