Lifeguard On Duty

In September of 1985, a party was held at a New Orleans municipal pool. The purpose of the party was to celebrate the first summer in memory without a single drowning at any New Orleans city pool. In honor of the occasion, 200 people gathered, including 100 certified lifeguards.

As the party was breaking up, someone noticed a fully-clothed body in the deep end of the pool. They tried to revive 31-year-old Jerome Moody, but it was too late. Ironically, he had drowned surrounded by lifeguards celebrating their successful season.

We Christians have reason to celebrate, but let us remember that our mission is to save people. And sometimes they are closer than we might realize.

“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”—Colossians 4:5.


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