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How will you spend your dash?

Updated: May 7

Daniel R. Brandel was riding shotgun for Jimmy and behind him were two faithful warriors heading for the next court to win souls. It was sweltering in Malawi, Africa.

A Prius hit the pothole and lost control in oncoming traffic. It was a prompt transition...

Four of eight passengers were in this life, then in the next.


"Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom."

prays Moses in Psalm 90:12.


Last year in 2020, everyone who made it past New Year’s Eve received over 31.6 million seconds. To some it may have felt extended, to others snappier, but we all possessed the same commodity, time. Each of us performed similar activities, we woke up, ate, drank and slept often. The part where we differed, sometimes to extremes, came in what we thought, said and did.


So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days,”

Paul writes in chapter 5 to the Ephesians.


Here in Guatemala the life expectancy for men is 63 years of age and for women it's 69. The CDC in 2018 reported that males and females in the US have an average life expectancy of 76.1 and 81.2 years of age, respectively.


Let's look at the time Dan, my friend, had at 69 years of age before passing away.

Another way of seeing it would be that Dan had the opportunity to enjoy over 2.16 billion seconds. That would be well over 506 million breaths of air! As a basketball player, then coach at every level except the NBA, Dan likely took far more breaths than the average person. Especially during this 1986 short-term Sports Ambassadors trip. Pictured here is the SA team with my two older brothers and me (at 16 months old). Yet God was faithful and watching out for Dan through his last exhalation.


For the life of every living thing is in His hand, and the breath of every human being,”

this was Job's response to his dear friend Zophar after tragic circumstances (Job 12).


Whether we suffer or flourish during our time on earth depends on lots of factors. Yet the equations variable, our attitude, can determine a pleasant or pitiful outcome. Pictured here in a fierce game of one-on-one, Dan blocked my shot. Dan also poured into my life and so many others young athletes. He was a guest in our childhood home, then 30 years later my roommate during the prefield One Challenge ministry training in Colorado. His heart's throb was basketball and he loved sharing stories. He coached for decades and wanted his players and coaches to know what it meant to be a complete three dimensional athlete. This means to be physically fit, mentally developing and spiritually alive. Dan worked to play and coach more than just sports. See more about what that means here with Sports Ambassadors (SA) and also here on SA's Facebook page.


(Click any of the imbedded links to go to corresponding webpages.)


Like Dan, may we seek righteousness, act with kindness and heed these words from the UK's famous cricket player who gave up pleasures of this world for the benefit of many.


“Only one life, ’twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.”

-African missionary & sports minister C.T. Studd

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