Junior Seau, former NFL great found dead in his home of a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound. He is the eighth member of the 1994 Chargers team, which reached the Super Bowl, to die before age 45. He leaves a mother, children, and former players, coaches, fans and league officials in shock. Questions about the enormous physical toll the game takes on players, as well as how much the league does to assist former players, once their active playing days are behind them will once again be raised. As words of sympathy roll in from all over the league, these questions while valid did not come close to an answer to this tragedy.
We can all speculate on what we believe was the real reason for his decision to take his life, but we will never know. Or do we know? As tragic as this situation is, and my heart goes out to his mother, family, and most of all his children who will spend much of their lives negatively impacted by their father’s decision.
We all must be alert to those around us who are suffering inside, and who appear like Junior to be strong,invincible, and yet feel like there is no hope, no reason to go on when one season of life is over.
What we sometimes fail to realize is, there is always another plan-a better plan waiting for us. God’s divine plan is always better. It is filled with love, joy, peace and hope. And there is always hope. Not hope in what this world offers, but hope in our strong tower, in our mighty fortress, in our refuge, our Strength, our salvation and in our God. A God who said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” So when we come to the end of our journey, the fork in the road, God will be there leading and guiding all the way.So let us resolve to do more to share the message of hope for all those caught in the tangled of web of despair.
Let’s do it for the Junior Seaus’ of the world, their families, and others like him.