Psalm 49:16-17 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased; (17) For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.
ESPN just reported that retired linebacker GREAT Junior Seau, who played most of his career with the San Diego Chargers, died of an apparent suicide.
San Diego Chargers front office spokes people released a statement that in part read: “Everyone at the Chargers is in complete shock and disbelief right now. We ask everyone to stop what they’re doing and send their prayers to Junior and his family,”
It always amazes me at how empty the world leaves a person. Fame and fortune don’t even begin to fill the God shaped hole in the heart of man.
Think about the fame and success Mr. Seau had!
HE played for 20 seasons in the NFL! The world’s most famous sport! He was named to the the Pro Bowl 12 times! After he retired he went on the radio and television as a part time analyst and NFL commentator.
Think about the money he earned! Over the span of his career, he averaged well over million dollars per year! That’s a total of at least 20 million dollars! Invested, that money could be easily double that amount, by now.
Doing a little bit more homework, I learned that he is actually the eighth member of the 1994 Chargers, a team that reached the Super Bowl that year, to die at an early age!
Here’s the list of 8 other NFL stars who had their lights exstinguished too early:
- Chris Mims–died on October 15, 2008 of an enlarged heart at 456 lbs
- David Griggs–died on June 19, 1995 in a car crash
- Rodney Culver–died in a PLANE CRASH with his family in 1995
- Lewis Bush--died of a HEART ATTACK on December 8, 2011
- Curtis Whitley–found dead on his bathroom floor on May 11, 2008, at only age 39 from a possible drug overdose
- Shawn Lee--passed away on February 26, 2011, at age 44, from cardiac arrest brought on by double pneumonia
- Doug Miller– fatally struck by two bolts of lightning in July of 1998 in Colorado
With no disrespect intended to the loss of life (the Lord knows how precious EVERY life is to Him), I believe the case of Mr. Seau and these other poor men show us the GREATEST NEED of all is not for wealth, fame, or even success; mankind’s greatest need is to know God and experience the gift of eternal life.
In the end money doesn’t make you happy. Fame doesn’t satisfy, either.
People need the Lord.
Pro Bowls or not, I hope Mr. Seau and these men, knew Jesus Christ.
Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?