There’s nothing worse than being awakened from a dead sleep on a Friday night by the phone ringing and a voice on the other end saying, “Mister Claxton, your son has been in an accident and we think you should come to the hospital immediately.” My heart skipped a dozen beats; it sounded serious, maybe even life threatening. I told Jane we needed to get dressed and rush to the hospital. Brad had been in an accident.
The person who called never identified himself, nor did he give any indication of the severity of the injuries. It was all left to our imaginations.
Brad had gone camping that weekend with a group of friends. They were in a remote location of Oconee County called Skull Shoals. At about midnight, they decided it would be fun to drive wildly on the park’s dirt roads, all piled into one Jeep. There wasn’t room for everyone to sit inside; some were perched on top. Brad was clinging to the back, standing on a luggage rack attached to the bumper.
It was a foggy night and no one in the group was familiar with the roads. I’m pretty sure some alcohol had been consumed, which didn’t add any clarity to the popular thinking. They were going too fast and the driver ran through an intersection and hit a tree. The person on top was catapulted forward onto the hood of the Jeep, shaken but unharmed; Brad smashed his face into the rear glass window.
When we arrived at the hospital, Brad was in the emergency room being checked. As it turned out, the person who called wasn’t a policemen, it was the driver of the Jeep. And to our relief, the only injuries Brad sustained were four broken teeth. While he didn’t look so handsome, he would live to see another day.
People spend a tremendous amount of money and energy on their images. We all want to look attractive. We have hair products, tanning products, make up, jewelry, etc. We pay our orthodontists to make our teeth perfect. We exercise and diet to have toned bodies. And for many of us, these things become idols, things more important to us than the one who created us.
Philippians 2:3-4 – NIV
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Isn’t it vain to focus so much attention on ourselves? Our selfishness prevents us from seeing the people around us and those whose needs are greater than ours.
Brad was fortunate because the driver had good insurance. After several oral surgeries, he didn’t look like the Halloween ghoul pictured above. He actually was able to laugh at himself and had a little fun with the busted mouth for a few weeks…….
The mug is raised today to the dentists of the world who dedicate their careers to give us beautiful smiles and healthy teeth!