Over my 42 years of Life, I have heard many stories of people with different degrees of fame who have committed suicide.  However, this recent murder/suicide by Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs has got my emotions and thoughts flowing again and I would like to share them with you.

For those who do not know the story that I am referring to here is a link that you can click and then read the related story.

Sad.  A young 25 year old male with a NFL career, a 22 year old girlfriend, a great reputation and everything seemingly working out for him and he takes away her life and throws away his by shooting each other.  No signs, no signals, no tells of any sort to alert anybody of this possibility.  Of all that people knew about Jovan there was no need for concern.  Ah, but there is my point - why wait for something bad to develop or happen in somebody's life before getting to really know them and be able to really share each others joys and burdens - lives.

We as a society seem to operate on assumptions instead of taking quality time and quality measures to invest in each other.  Family and friends that you already have are wonderful people to at least start reaching out to establish meaningful relationships.  However, once you are solidified in the family and friends department, I think it would benefit us all (teaching myself here too) to reach out to someone you don't know.  These people could be complete strangers or fellow co-workers, but share joy, share burdens, share life, share love one for another.  The more positive inputs we have in people's lives hopefully the less likely we are to have situations like Jovan Belcher.

With Jovan all the wires seemed connected Save One.  In honor of Jovan's stint with the Kansas City Chiefs I will name this connection the Game Over wire.  This all-important synapse relays the information about the preciousness of life, the fragileness of life, and the finality of life to all necessary parts of the brain.  Jovan does not get a second chance.  Reincarnation is an old postulation that has intrigued people BUT NEVER WORKED!  For example, those that believe in reincarnation claim that coming back (as human or anything else) is suppose to improve humanity's chance to take us to the next level of existence.  After supposedly 10,000 years of human history and this supposed cycle with no improvement I think we can safely say THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN!  Another consideration toward reincarnation is  - what was the reincarnation of the first thing?  Continuity is totally shot here and any attempt to answer places the proponent for reincarnation even more in "Left Field".  Jovan is dead and the judgment is next (Hebrews 9:27-28).

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. 

It's all about relationship(s).  It IS about being up in somebody's business, but not in an overbearing, smothering way.  More to the tune of a deeply ingrained and involved relationship - enough that lets the other person know without a doubt that you sincerely care and will be there for them.  So, Reach Out to someone, Get Involved in someone's life and Share and you will be more richly blessed than them whom you extend yourself.