As I was in the midst of studying for our series Overloaded, there was one thought that kept coming back to me time and time again—
The biggest victim in our overloaded lives are our relationships
And then the news of a tragic, unexpected death comes crashing into all of my local newsfeeds.
Wes Leonard was a star athlete for the Fennville High School Blackhawks. This 16-year-old played quarterback for the football team, and forward for the basketball team.
Last week the Fennville basketball team put their undefeated season on the line in their final regular season game against Bridgman. The game was tied at the end of regulation. As overtime was running out, the Blackhawks turned to their star player. And Wes Leonard deliver: hitting the game-winning shot as overtime expired!
The other Blackhawk players lifted their hero into the air and celebrated their undefeated season. But just moments later their joy would turn to shock, and then to sorrow. Wes collapsed just minutes after the game ended. Even though medical personnel worked valiantly on him, Wes Leonard was pronounced dead at Holland Hospital.
There were no outward signs of any medical issues. It wasn’t until the autopsy that the corner discovered that Wes had an enlarged heart, which led to the post-game heart arrhythmia, which caused this 16-year-old to have a life-ending heart attack.
None of us know how much time we have.
I pray we’re never too busy to have deep, meaningful relationships.
I pray we make the most of every opportunity to connect with our friends and family.
I pray we live without the regrets of unspoken words of love.
I pray we realize more and more that every moment is special.
I pray that you can overcome the overload in your life that may be robbing you of capturing every special moment that comes your way.