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The Certainty of Tomorrow

Tomorrow, even the end of the today, is not certain. Let's make the most of the time and opportunities we have, both for our own life accomplishments and to influence others for the Kingdom. These truths are easy to say and harder to experience the reality of.

Most of you know that our son, Bret, plays basketball at ETBU. I follow closely and get to know the players and schools involved. Bret transferred last year and so now I know two conferences pretty well. Both have lost young men to car accidents in the past two weeks.

One young man died in a car accident Friday, March 13. He was driving on I-40 in Arkansas to watch his son play his first soccer game. The university released this "In Memoriam" statement. I did not know him. I did know he was an excellent basketball player for the University of the Ozarks. He played against ETBU three times this past season. In the first game he went for 23 points and 7 rebounds; game two was a double - double against them, 10 points, 10 rebounds, plus 4 assists. His last college basketball game was against ETBU in the American Southwest Conference tournament quarterfinals; he scored 8 points in that game. I also knew that he had a memorable name, Ted Beard IV. I learned in the obituary his nickname, Taz, was just as good.

Such things scarcely begin to reveal a person. I learned he was 28 years old when he died, quite old for a college senior. He took several years off college, beginning in 2008, to pursue a professional hip-hop music career. You can read more about that at the Central Track site and at the Ninja Tunes site.

Even that only scratches the surface. Ted Beard had also just written a children's book and was considering that as his career once he graduated with a degree in biology and two minors. University of the Ozarks had an article published just three days before his death about this book and people from the music world and the university are trying to raise money to publish the book, Whoosh, Says the Bad Thought! My guess is that even knowing all of that, I know virtually nothing about who he was as a man. I wish I did. I hope I will work hard to know those God brings into my life and to make the most of the time and opportunities he gives me.

I was working on these thoughts when news of another tragic death to a young man came to me. Britten Shuck of Seiling, Oklahoma died two days ago in a car accident while going to join his team for a road trip. My prayers are with the parents, family and friends of both Ted Beard and Britten Shuck. Life seems too short when it all goes as planned; what about when ended in tragedy? We are not guaranteed tomorrow. Let's not live like there is no end to this life on earth.

Ephesians 5:15-16 "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil."

Colossians 4:4-6 "that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person."

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