Brian Jonick. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it is about this guy that makes him so great, but I just know that he’s a great person and one of my best friends. Maybe it’s his quiet demeaner that covers a truly wise interior. Proverbs 17:27 says “The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.”
Yep, that’s Brian.
I first met Brian about a year ago when he came in to audition for the worship team as a bass player. I have this strategy for bass auditions: pick a really hard song and see what kinda chops they’ve got. In this case the song was “Salvation is Here,” which has a pretty aggressive bass solo part. Brian sauntered his way into our rehearsal and absolutely murdered that bass solo. I still remember trying really hard not to grin ear to ear at the awesomeness I was hearing. I even tried to downplay it and shook his hand afterwards and said “Yeah, I’d love to have you on this team.” Secretly I was thrilled to have him!
Beyond his skill as a musician, Brian is a gifted athlete, artist, and thinker. He’s a guy who seems to be effortlessly good at everything, yet stays so humble and reserved you wouldn’t guess he’s brilliant (That’s not to say he doesn’t work hard because he certainly does). Brian enjoys golf, so when I learned that we started to hit the links together and, through times on the golf course and just hanging out, God has given us a unique friendship that I am very grateful for. Brian is a guy that I trust because he’s honest, insightful, dependable, and has a unique perspective on life that fascinates me. We have that perfect blend of similarity and difference in personality that makes for a great friendship.
Brian inspires me to be better at what I do, not because it should just happen, but because I decide to go after improvement and do the work. He inspires me to not look for a pat on the back as a reward for doing what I’m supposed to do, but just doing it because being faithful matters and that will be rewarding (1 Cor. 4:2). He embodies what Jesus said in Matthew 6 about giving to the poor. He taught us that God our Father sees what is done in secret and will reward it. If there’s something I know is true of God, it’s that He rewards those who are faithful behind the scenes, and will eventually elevate them to higher levels of influence. I know that there are great things in store for Brian, because he is doing the hard work that will lead to greatness. Thanks for all you do my friend.