Phillip HughesThis week, Australian sports fans were devastated by the tragic death of cricketer Phillip Hughes.

A talented and determined batsman, he was just a few days short of his 26th birthday when he was hit in the head by the ball.  Despite wearing a helmet, Phillip received a freakish brain injury that resulted in his death a couple of days later.

It’s almost unfathomable that someone playing a sport that he loves at such a high level could be taken away from his family at such a young age.

And in the midst of a nation’s grief, I am reminded that life is fragile and fleeting.

Tomorrow is promised to no-one and we don’t what is around the corner.

And so we have a choice to make.

We can live as if nothing really matters because it could all be taken away at any time.

Or we can maximise each day, ensuring that if something does happen, we have made a difference with our lives.

I didn’t know Phillip Hughes personally, but I suspect that he was a young man who did all that he could to maximise his potential.  I know that his parents were very proud of their son and I am praying that they would be comforted during this terrible time.

For the rest of us, I have one simple question to consider:

What are you doing with your fragile and fleeting life?

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