I got some news this morning about a young man that I know. I first met him when he was a middle-schooler and I was a youth group volunteer. He was quite an energetic young man, and I always enjoyed being around him. I was his small group leader in the youth group for a while. After my wife and I stopped working with the youth so that we could focus on having a child, I lost touch with him.

I actually ran into him about four or five months ago at a restaurant one morning while meeting some other friends for breakfast. He told me about how he had just been released from several months in jail that morning, and was there to meet his parents. He was in jail for getting into a fight that got a little too carried away because someone was using racial comments about his girlfriend. He was so fresh out of jail that I could even still smell it on him. He hadn’t even been “home” yet, and really didn’t have a home to go to anyway.

As I spoke with him, he shared with me about how his life had gotten way out of control since he stopped coming to church. I got the idea that he just started heading down the wrong path, and step-by-step, before you knew it he was knee-deep into a pretty bad lifestyle and was running with all of the wrong people.

But I also heard a desperate cry. One that was reaching out for a hand to help him get out of the lifestyle that he was in. So I told him that my wife and I were now leading the young adults ministry at our church, and that I knew that there were several guys there that had come from rough pasts that he could really connect with and help him to get on the right path. He told me that he would come, but I never did see him…

Anyway, my wife tells me that for the last few months he had been meeting with one of our pastors that he knew. Apparently he had given his life back to the Lord, and was counseling with him to get his life back on track. She also told me that his body was found dead this morning. At this point we still don’t know any details about how or why, but I don’t need to know. I already know that his old lifestyle had caught up with him somehow.

This whole thing saddens me deeply. It is always difficult to hear about a young life ending way too early, but it especially hurts when it is someone that you have had the opportunity to minister to and get to know so well…

I just want to take this opportunity to say that sometimes your life catches up with you. So each of us has a decision to make every day. Which God do you want to serve? If you live the life of righteousness, you will be able to walk in the peace and blessing of the Lord. This doesn’t mean that everything is perfect, but there is a comfort in knowing you can be separated from the world and walk on higher ground. If you choose a different path, then who knows where you’ll end up. I don’t mean this as a scare tactic; it is just the reality that your life can catch up with you…

May God be with the family as they deal with the loss of Chris…

 

life is short

by Dan King time to read: 3 min
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