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Important things

I sat in my car at a quiet intersection two blocks from my home. As I waited to turn onto the farm road, a sleek black sedan came racing over the near rise easily exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph. Suddenly the driver cut the wheel to turn onto my street. But he was going too fast. An instant before it was too late, he pulled out of the turn, careened in front of me, tires squealing, and narrowly missed my car. He rumbled across the shoulder throwing gravel up in a spray and fishtailed into oncoming traffic, before disappearing, untouched, over the following rise at about the same speed.

It had happened so fast that it took me awhile to absorb what had almost happened. I realized that if the young driver had not pulled out of the turn, his car would have hit me with full impact on the driver’s door. I was a split second away from death or major injury, and there was nothing I could have done.

Tornadoes recently ravaged the Midwest. On the worst night of the supercell storms, tornadoes wreaked destruction slightly to the north and south of our home, leaving us untouched except for some falling debris. But 40 people in three states were killed that night, including a man who had just returned from church and a mother and daughter who attended an Assemblies of God church.

Most of the people killed were in the protection of their own homes. When the reckless driver narrowly missed me, I was at the same intersection in our quiet neighborhood that I had stopped and turned safely at a few thousand times.

The Bible says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (James 4:14, NIV).

Death may strike anyone suddenly, without warning, at any time. We must live our lives with two priorities: to know Jesus, and to leave nothing undone that He has called us to do. The time may come when those important things we have intended to do but neglected can never be done.

— Ken Horn

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