This past Sunday the world was shocked to hear of the accident that claimed the life of 41-year-old Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, 13, along with 7 others aboard the Sikorsky helicopter before it plunged to the ground.  In a matter of moments, a basketball star and icon was stolen away from the world, and many who were impacted by his career have been hit hard by the news.  While Gianna “Gigi” was carrying on her dad’s legacy in the sport he was famous for, he made sure she knew his love of her was not based on how well she measured up in the game, according to an interview he gave to CBS News last year.

What happened next is a mystery as suddenly the ‘chopper’ veered off course and descended rapidly, dropping 325 feet in 14 seconds, reaching a speed of 176 mph before hitting the hillside. Helicopter pilot and aviation lawyer Brian Alexander spoke regarding the crash, saying; Other pilot changes “wouldn’t necessarily have prevented the crash if this was a combination of a deteriorating weather situation and the pilot experiencing spatial disorientation. Your body is sensing something that isn’t happening, and another warning system screaming at you isn’t going to help.”

What you and I do know today is that each of those on the helicopter are now spending time without end somewhere!  How long is that?  It’s for E…T…E…R…N…I…T…Y!  The Bible is quite defined that such a place will either be with the Lord in Heaven, or, separated from Him for eternity!  The selection of either of those two locations is determined by our own personal choice in the matter!  If during our brief time on earth, we had no desire to be with Him, why then would He make us miserable by forcing us to be with Him forever? According to March 5, 2018 World Population Prospects report, approximately 7,452 people die every day in the U.S. In other words, a person dies in the U.S. approximately every 12 seconds!  And then, according to the Bible, comes “the judgment.”  To which location one goes is fully determined by the individual.  No one can ever blame the results on God, for He only honors our free will and choice of where we ‘choose’ to spend eternity.

With this latest news of one who was ‘top’s in the sport he loved,’ it has once again given me a keen sense of my own mortality.  It the N.T. book of James, James himself penned the words in chapter 4 vs. 14 speaking about your life and mine.  “It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  It is a fact that none of us will ever be asked what kind of car we drove or what style of wheels the rubber was wrapped around; for there will be something of much greater importance that we will be asked.  Moreover, for the answer to that question I believe Joshua in the O.T. book of Joshua sums it up best when he said, “But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve.  Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served…or will it be the gods…whose land you now live?  But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15 NLT).

Anne Graham Lotz wrote in her book, “I Saw the Lord,” “There are relatively few Christians who are in love with Jesus, who put Him first in their lives when doing some demands that they sacrifice their own time, money, and desires.  There are very few who want what He wants more than what they want—and are willing to lay everything on the line to pursue it.”  So, maybe before someone asks the question about us, and where they suppose we ended up, maybe it’s time…right now…for us to know as well as all others, that we’ve made the choice to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life and then the answer will be answered confidently.  E…T…E…R…N…I…T…Y! “I know that His command is everlasting life” (John 12:50).

Blessings, Psalm 20:7 Dale & Jeannie