Hidden Nuggets Series #33 – “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” – Proverbs 27:1
Sports fans watching their Wednesday late night highlight reels witnessed some stunning footage of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman being drilled in the head from a batted ball by Kansas City Royals player Salvador Perez. It’s a “Gasp…OMG!” moment, as Chapman lay sprawled on the ground, writhing in pain.
For those able to stomach grisly injury videos, the scene can be found here at ESPN.
Reports today are that Chapman suffered a few fractured bones and a mild concussion. He will have surgery to implant some steel plates in his head and miss about 6-8 weeks of the regular season. I’m amazed that’s the extent of his injuries and am thankful he is fine.
Let me rephrase that…I’m thankful he’s alive.
The speed and suddenness at which this incident happened, reminded me of a Monday night football game I watched in 1985. On that night, Giant’s linebacker Lawrence Taylor sacked Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, snapping his leg in two. That fateful flea-flicker play that took only a few seconds ended Theismann’s career. Anyone who was there or watching on TV will say it’s the most gruesome sports injury ever.
Events like these remind me we are one heartbeat away from a life changing moment.
Reacting to Life Changing Fastballs
Life has a way of throwing 99-mph fastballs our way when we least expect it. The pitch comes in high and tight – sometimes striking us. For good or for bad, these type of events leave us dazed, scrambling for answers to the question, “What the heck just happened?”
Neither you nor I know what tomorrow will bring. It would be presumptuous of us to pretend so. But we do know, like these athletes found out, that there are life-defining moments that occur in a flash.
So how should we live knowing that life can turn on a dime?
In reverence…realizing that our existence is a gift.
With humility…knowing life is no respecter of persons.
In preparation… through planning and wise choices.
With flexibility…finding ways to adapt and push on.
In anticipation…of how we will face that moment.
With caution…so as not to hamstring ourselves.
In gratitude…for each moment given us.
With purpose…to live out our passions while we still can.
How are you living today?
Questions: What sudden, life changing momenst have you faced? Is there any way you could have prepared for it? Should we plan for the future even though we can’t predict it? What’s your secret for living day by day?