Spiritually Speaking: Carpe Diem

Seize the day; that’s what that Latin title means.

Rome, Italy, March, 2013

With it being graduation season and all, I felt this phrase would be a great inspiration, although it isn’t only for graduates to absorb.

We all love it when we end a day feeling accomplished–and this relief might be defined in very different ways for all of us.

Maybe we finally got to the heaps of laundry and dishes that were piling up, or we spent a day treating someone else out for a good time, or we were able to get a lot done at our place of work without multiple interruptions. And there isn’t anything wrong with these kind of satisfactions.

Success definitely holds a different meaning per each individual; however, its definition seems to be widely misconstrued amongst society and the media these days.

So many of us, too, are falling victim to the mentality and misinterpretation of earthly success, and often discover we are tremendously disappointed when we meet these expectations and find no lasting intrinsic value from any of them.

You can make your millions and party your way to the top and all the way back down again. You can “live, laugh, love” as every modern wall-hanging and pop-culture shirt tells you to do, without truly feeling the reward of living, laughing, and loving.

At the end of your life you could even say you touched down on every milestone and met every goal you or someone else set for yourself.

But Jesus promises more, even if all those things aren’t met or included in your life. John 10:10 (KJV) says “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

The only antidote for those big, gaping holes in our hearts, that we try to fill with more and more momentarily satisfying achievements, is Christ and His Word. 

Proverbs 13:4, “The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.”

God wants us to be diligent stewards of the time He has allotted to each of us while living here. We should capture every moment, cliche as it sounds, to either do something of value for His Kingdom or our edification.

But it seems without argument that the many vices today create nothing but idleness and unaccounted time, like 1 Timothy 5:13 (KJV) explains, “And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.” 

Basically, if we have too much time without structure, we’ll usually end up throwing it away or spending it foolishly.

Have a few extra minutes while waiting for an oil change? Instead of playing a game on your phone, why not skim through a few scriptures on your Bible app or send someone a text wondering how they are doing and in what way you could pray for them. 

You get the idea.

Too many of us make too many plans, right down to practically timing our every breath. We have no time to enjoy spontaneous interruptions as if they are God speaking to us.

With so many of our own agendas and checklists, how can we ever have time to fulfill God’s purposes throughout our day?

Carpe Diem does not intend to enable anyone to be wild and careless or even to spend every waking moment in a busy rush, crossing off a million things on our ceaseless lists each day. Either way of living will leave us meaningless and exhausted, lost in a cycle.

Don’t just be contented with meeting goals in your life, whether they be great achievements like a graduation or wedding or not.

Seize today, and every day hereafter; let the Lord make every moment a meaningful one that adds to your treasures in Glory.

Show the day who is boss.