So yesterday was strange. I woke up, got ready and went to my Tuesday Mayfaire office (aka. Starbucks). When I walked in I noticed that none of the usual employees were there. I didn’t think much of it until about an hour later and I decided to ask the new workers what was up. They said they came in from the College rd. store to fill in for the usual staff because one of the Mayfaire employees died in a car accident on Sunday. When they told me who it was I searched for her picture online and remembered her serving me coffee only days ago.

It’s a strange feeling when something like that hits home. It’s even stranger when you consider that I was sitting in Starbucks studying for my message in FlipSide this week titled “You Are Dying – The Urgency of Life.” The message is about seizing the day and living every moment with urgency because it could easily be your last.

I came home last night to 3 fire trucks and 2 ambulances around my house with all lights flashing. My neighbors house directly across the street had caught on fire and it appeared to have gutted the house. They’re a family of 4 and all ended up safe. I took them some coffee as they sat in their van to keep warm. What’s sad is that it was the first time we had met. What if those had been their last moments on earth? My impact on their lives would have been zero. 

The line between what matters in life and what doesn’t matter is pretty blurry at times. One thing that’s clear though is that we all are on a journey towards death and what we do on that journey must become urgent.