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The Car Crash Reaction Kit

Some friends of mine came to stay with me for a few weeks.  They had a lot of stuff with them because Grant was doing the Best Ranger competition at Fort Benning.  He came with 13 plus pairs of shoes – one for every sport available (and then some) – in order to prepare for what he would be met with during the competition.   He also came with his wife Jess, one of my best friends, and his two children.  Needless to say, their car was packed.   Which brings me to the “Car Crash Reaction Kit.”

The “Car Crash Reaction Kit” or CCRK goes everywhere with Grant.   It accompanies him while he is driving down the road to the local ice-cream store, it is there when he heads to work,  it is with him when he is traveling cross-country to see his family, and it is a rather large faithful companion when he is driving to the Best Ranger competition with 13 plus pairs of shoes, a wife, a bike, multiple suitcases, and two children.

Not only does the CCRK go with them, it has to be on top, in case, of course, Grant is witness to a car crash

You see the CCRK is not for Grant, Jess, and the kids.  It is for the stranger – the one that Grant happens to see running off the road, the one that needs to be crowbarred out of the car, the one that might need a tourniquet or a fire blanket.  Grant, you see,  is into saving lives.  He is in the National Guard after all.  And Grant feels like it is his duty to carry the CCRK with him at all times.  Period.

At times Jess rolls her eyes.  “Babe,” she says, “we have no room. . .”

“No,” Grant replies.  “The CCRK is going with us.”

Jess knows if she ever talks Grant out of taking the CCRK something would happen that Grant would have been able to stop and she would feel horrible.  So the CCRK is with them – always.

If this were a little tool box, it would be one thing, but the CCRK is large, taking up a quarter of the available space in the trunk.

Grant has some gumption.  Jess has some mercy.  And the people around Grant and Jess on the road are downright lucky.

Grant is prepared at all times for an emergency.  AT.  ALL.  TIMES.

We can learn a lot from Grant.  The lesson is this: Do not leave home without your reaction kit.  Our kit, our band-aid, our crowbar, our fire-blanket, our tourniquet is the Word.  With the Word, you can stop the fire, halt the spread of infection, and downright save a life.  I mean SAVE A LIFE.  You need knowledge of the Word and a relationship with the Word bringer because the Word brings life.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the  Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. . . In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.  John 1:1-5

The Word = God = Life = Light

The Word is our kit, our life saving blanket because the Word is Him – our Savior.

Each and every day we are met with obstacles.  Each and every day we see people running off the road of life.  Each and every day we walk into a world where people need something from us – a smile, a kind word, an encouragement.  Do we have our reaction kit?

When we see someone fall, do we pull over on the side of our road of life, jump from whatever we are doing, grab the CCRK and run to help?  Do we have the Word of life in our hearts?  Can we relate that Word to someone else?  Can we save their life?

Something to think about.

Thanks Grant, for the lesson.

“Rangers Lead The Way.”

Grant sure does.

Go CCRK.  Go Word.  Save A Life.


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Comments (2)
  1. Anita @ Losing Austin says - Posted: May 6, 2013

    How amazing of him- and those around him. And your correlation to the things we should be carrying to be able to share with those in need is strong.

    Thank you.

  2. jessica says - Posted: May 8, 2013

    also. go wife for being insanely patient. and go writer for seeing writing material EVERYWHERE. and pulling out awesome lessons.

    now pardon me, i have to go eat lunch …