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By Don Loftis | 05.09.12

Several months ago, a Milwaukee real estate agent made a gruesome discovery, while he was showing a foreclosed home to a prospective buyer.  Apparently, the former owner told friends that he was moving from the area, but instead he committed suicide inside his residence.  His body had been there for four years.

It was John Donne who made famous the phrase, “No man is an island entire of itself.”  Yet, this Milwaukee man had been dead for four years and no one seems to have missed him at all.  He had disappeared, and no one seemed to care.

The story made me wonder how well we all do at developing meaningful and lasting relationships.  Are we deeply involved in the lives of our families–parents, spouse, children, cousins, etc.? Would they miss us if we disappeared or just stopped calling?  Would the absence of our good deeds in our community be noticed?  Would anyone notice if our responsibilities at church went unfulfilled or our pew was empty for a month?

While no person is indispensable, we should be contributing enough to the lives around us that we would be missed.  Our personal challenge is to contribute to the well being of people in such a substantial way that our absence would be quickly felt.



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