A Weekly Devotional
from Steve Higginbotham
He Died Doing What He Loved
by Steve Higginbotham
September 4, 2006
Steve Irwin, 44, better known as "The Crocodile
Hunter" died today when he was fatally wounded by a sting ray barb that
pierced his heart. His daring and apparently fearless antics captivated me,
as I watched him wrestle with crocodiles, capture poisonous snakes, and
stick his arm in holes that were occupied by animals with sharp
teeth! Irwin's close friend and producer, John Stainton, made a statement
just after his death saying that, "He died doing what he loves best."
When I heard that statement, I couldn't help but think of a statement from a man in the Bible who prayed that he might leave the world in a certain fashion. In fact, he prayed, "Let me die the death of the righteous, And let my end be like his!" His name was Balaam, and what is so ironic is that he wanted to die like the righteous, but he didn't want to live like the righteous.
Friends, you can't have it both ways. If you want to die like the righteous and if you want your end to be like his, you must live like the righteous. When it comes our time to leave this world, may we be found faithfully serving the Lord, and may our friends who are left behind be able to say, "He died doing what he loves best!"
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