"The beautiful thing about it is that she died doing something she loved to do, in a place she loved to be." This is an actual quote from a newspaper article about a young woman who died from a black bear attack while she was mountain biking alone in the wilderness, and is an often heard rationale these days; one that probably is comforting to family members in their time of grief. To people who are involved in extreme sports that are life threatening acts of adrenaline-pumping danger, there is nothing more thrilling than beating the odds one more time and coming out of it unscathed. But too often the mentality that accompanies the sport is one that places thrills and excitement above any thought of the eternal state of the soul after death. How much more comforting it would be to know that she died in the grace of God, with her soul spiritually prepared for its final destination!
The body is the tabernacle of the soul, and we are bound by the fifth commandment to properly care for our own spiritual and physical well being. Does that mean that we can't have any fun? No, but we should guard against taking unnecessary risks that place our lives in danger, and we should always take care to keep our souls ever ready for judgment, that we may say, with St. Paul; I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith. For the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord, the Just Judge, will give to me in that day." (2 Tim. 4:7-8)