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Day 142/365 of “The One Year Uncommon Life Daily Challenge” by Tony Dungy and my reflections... “Jesus returned to the Sea of Galilee and climbed a hill and sat down. A vast crowd brought to him people who were lame, blind, crippled, those who couldn’t speak, and many others. They laid them before Jesus, and he healed them all.” - Matthew 15:29-30, NLT 🚨 Disclaimer: Today is personal for me! Some will be able to relate deeply with the subject, while some will not.
Today I’m going a little deeper and further than what Dungy talks about, and to steal a line from him, “I’m not an expert on the subject”, but I have experienced it on more than one occasion. My hope is that by sharing my story, maybe it will put things in a different perspective for some and stir a change in others. 🚨
February 2004: I was a COMPLETELY different person than I am today. It was the Tuesday night after Super Bowl Sunday. My cell rang at almost midnight. It was my dad. I thought, I’ll call him back tomorrow. It’s late. He called again. This time I answered. He said that my only brother had been in a wreck and was in the hospital. I told him that I’d go by and see him after I got off work the next day. His response almost made me drop the phone. He said, “No. You don’t understand, he may not be here tomorrow.” Condensing the rest of the story a little. My brother had had a single vehicle accident, falling asleep behind the wheel and struck a tree doing about 60 mph.
He would never regain consciousness. He was in the hospital from Tuesday night- Sunday mid-day. That was when he failed the 2nd brain death test and we as a family had to make the decision to “pull the plug”. The good news is that doctors were able to harvest 7 different organs/skin that went on to help 7 or 8 different people! The bad news was I lost my brother. His parents lost their son. My niece lost her uncle. I had just talked to John on the phone a couple of days prior and we had an argument and the last words we said to each other were out of anger. I have lived with that regret EVERYDAY since he passed.
Tomorrow is not promised. Live today for today. at The Fold Greenville