We often go through our days doing things we don't like to do, giving less than our full capability and capacity, presuming that we have all the time in the world to get it right. But that's just not true and the sooner we realize this, the sooner we can do whatever is necessary to live up to our full, God given potential.
Two years ago on this very evening I was made painfully aware of this. As my cousin, Dan, and his wife, Nicky, drove to what was to be a routine, family dinner with Nicky's mom and their youngest son, they witnessed a young driver lose control of his vehicle. As anyone who knows them would expect, they stopped to help. As they walked towards the accident victim they became vicitms themselves as they were both hit by a driver in an SUV that was going approximately 45 mph. In an instant, their lives and mine, and the lives of countless others in the family and in their community were changed forever.
After a severe head injury, along with arm and leg injuries that have forever changed his physical abiities, Dan continues to show remarkable improvement and works through the trauma as best he can. On Christmas day, 2007, Nicky turned 48 years old, in a drug induced coma to keep her from the pain of her injuries. She died 30 days after the accident having never regained consciousness. I can't help but think what they might have done differently had they known what was about to transpire.
What if ---- what if today was your last day? One day it will be whether you want to believe it or not. Would you really care if someone called you a brown noser? If you were using these skills I've been writing about from a position of strength and competence, could they be moving you closer to your goals? Closer to living up to your full potential? Would your full potential include the capacity to give back to the world in which you live and work in some meaningful way?
Nicky's last act on earth was in service to another. I am sure that when she stood before God he smiled and said, "Well done." Are you doing all you can do so that you will hear those words, too?
Peace to all of you this evening....enjoy this blessed time of year.