Damar Hamlin’s horrific injury raises life’s most important question

There is a proverb that says, “Do not boast in the morning, for you do not know what the day will bring” (Proverbs 27:1).

During the January 2 Monday Night Football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills, millions of viewers watched in dismay and horror as one of the players collapsed on the field and became unresponsive after a routine tackle.

Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old security guard for the Bills, suffered cardiac arrest and was hospitalized in critical condition. He was later revived and has recovered sufficiently to return to Buffalo. Whether he can play football again is uncertain.

A day later, Benjamin Watson, former NFL tight end and Super Bowl champion, spoke about the event that shocked football fans and many others across the country in an interview with Anderson Cooper on CNN.

Watson shared his conversation with Cooper on Twitter with the caption: “Life can change in the blink of an eye. Damar’s injury leaves us all wrestling with this truth. It has served as a reminder of our own mortality. As we pray for him as he fights for his life, we must ask ourselves where will we spend eternity?”

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During the interview, Cooper commented that Hamlin’s injury was a reminder of the frailty of human life. Watson agreed, saying these opportunities dispel feelings of invincibility, confront us with our own mortality, and remind us that we all “have a date with death.”

This is reminiscent of what James said in the Bible: “You don’t know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a mist that appears for a little while and then disappears” (James 4:14).

In his closing remarks, Watson, aware of the tremendous opportunity that lay before him, pointed viewers listening to him on CNN to the One who has the answer to the question, “Where will you spend eternity?” “

“Where are we? Where are our hearts? If we were lying in the field or in the hospital, what would our next steps be? … The questions about what happens after this life – ‘Where will you spend eternity?’ – like you said, Anderson, coming for all of us, not just the football players. But thank God that He has an answer through His Son Jesus Christ.”

John Harper was a Scottish Baptist pastor who traveled to the United States on the doomed RMS Titanic to preach at the Moody Church in Chicago. Harper, a widower, was accompanied by his sister and 6-year-old daughter.

When the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic, Harper arranged for his daughter and sister to be placed in a lifeboat. They were eventually rescued and returned to Scotland. He stayed on the ship as it began to sink, moving quickly across the deck urging people to believe on the Lord Jesus and be saved.

As the ship was in agony, he jumped into the icy water. According to survivors, Harper held on to a piece of floating debris and went from person to person, urging everyone to turn to Christ and even giving his life jacket to another person in need, until he succumbed to the freezing water and sank beneath the surface .

Neither Harper nor anyone else on the ship knew before boarding what would happen a few days later. However, when disaster struck, he seized the opportunity and tried to lead people to believe in Jesus Christ before they died and entered eternity.

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“Normalcy bias” describes the tendency of people to believe that things will always go on as before and therefore to underestimate the likelihood of major changes or catastrophes.

The apostle Peter spoke of this attitude in 2 Peter 3:3-9, describing those who took it as ignorant of the divine judgments of the past, such as the great flood, and those coming upon the present heavens and earth would. But the patience of God is shown in His postponement of judgment so that sinners may come to repentance and believe in Jesus.

Like the more than 1,500 souls that perished on the Titanic, we are all on a sinking ship that is taking us to the grave. Like Damar Hamlin, we are all just a heartbeat away from eternity.

None of us can guarantee our next breath, no matter if we make it to the end of the day. We should keep an eye on life’s weaknesses and consider our actions in the light of eternity. Where you spend eternity is answered by whether you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16). If you hear God’s voice today, do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:15, 4:6-7).

When you are reconciled to God through Jesus, seize every opportunity to share the gospel with those around you while there is still time.

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