To Bryant, the concept of serving is the very frame of who he is. You can feel it. But, surprisingly, that aura wasn't always one produced from selflessness. As a teenager, Bryant worked 9 hour days, 6 days a week on his family car lot for 3 years. "I wasn't even thinking of it as a sacrifice as a 14 year old kid. Serving was who I was. Serving each person who came on the lot." Though his giving persona awoke in front of customers, it grew in a place of darkness. It festered in a place of bitterness. "No kid wanted to be out selling cars," he said to me. He was chained to selfishness till after 2 years the Lord "brought him to his knees." He stopped serving people for himself and started giving for their own sake. It was a decision that brought him back to his core purpose even when excelling in professional golf and music. So, he dropped out of his pursuits and championed the mission of helping people find homes.
But, there was a bit of a shift in his narrative. It began 4 years ago with Bryant driving a friend to a bus stop at 3:50 am. After going 36 hours without sleep, working relentlessly, an absent bus was not a pleasant surprise. "At 7:06 am, I beat the steering wheel on the way home in frustration because I arrogantly believed that my body simply doesn’t sleep when the sun is up. I wouldn’t be able to sleep before meeting my clients that morning." Suddenly, Bryant fell asleep behind the wheel. At 45 mph, he entered into a rear-end collision with a stopped car. After arriving home and laying in bed in silence, he realized one of life's greatest lessons. He was not perfect. Even with a servant's heart, man can not be everything to everyone. How often do we try to meet such a divine purpose? The unfortunate turn of events elevated a capstone in his life. "For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." Before our hand is stretched out, it is our heart that is observed. Is it built on weak pride or strong humility? It's a bizarre concept. But, Bryant and I have realized that sometimes saying "no" allows us to give a stronger "yes" to a greater purpose.