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Text Death

A news story over at Yahoo caught my attention:

DENVER (AP) — Alexander Heit’s final text cut off in mid-sentence. Before he could send it, police say the 22-year-old University of Northern Colorado student drifted into oncoming traffic, jerked the steering wheel and went off the road, rolling his car.

Heit died shortly after the April 3 crash, but his parents and police are hoping the photo of the mundane text on his iPhone will serve as a stark reminder to drivers.

The photo, published Wednesday in The Greeley Tribune, shows Heit was responding to a friend by typing “Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw” before he crashed.

Witnesses told police that Heit appeared to have his head down when he began drifting into the oncoming lane in the outskirts of Greeley, where the University of Northern Colorado is located. According to police, an oncoming driver slowed and moved over just before Heit looked up and jerked the steering wheel.

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It’s so tragic.  Yes it’s a warning for me not to text and drive.  But the way this text ended–that got me thinking a little further.  The part that says “seeya soon, ill tw…”  A little presumptous.  It makes me think of a parable Jesus once told in Luke 12

16And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.17“And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18“Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

But one should realize that no one could have enough riches stored up towards God for their own self-merit salvation to get to heaven on their own.  God has made an atonement for sins through the rich merit of Christ’s perfect moral life, death on the Cross and resurrection from the dead.  That is how one can draw near to God:

13 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off [a]have been brought near [b]by the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13)

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