Carpe Diem

“…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

~ James 4:14 (NKJV)


One of my friends was shopping last weekend and was shocked to hear Christmas music playing throughout the store. Why are we hearing “White Christmas” three months before the holiday? I’ve just barely put my white summer pants away!

It seems that we have forgotten the art of living in the present moment.

We get up Monday morning and wish our entire week away until 5:00 o’clock hits on Friday. Instead of living those days to the fullest, including our time at work, we wish the whole week away.

When it’s Winter, we countdown the days until Spring. When it’s Spring, we can’t wait for our summer vacation that is planned for August.  And, when it’s October, well…it appears that we now listen to Christmas music!

every-day-is-the-best-dayThe Word of God tells us that our life is but a vapor that quickly vanishes away. In comparison to eternity, we are given so little precious time on this earth.  Why are we so quick to wish it away?

This week marked the 21-year anniversary of my brother’s passing. He went to sleep that night as he did every other night for 43 years but this time, he did not wake up.  He was out of “tomorrows.”

The truth is that none of us are promised tomorrow. All we have is today and we need to treasure each moment of it.

Time goes by very quickly and I think the last thing God wants us to do is wish it away. Each day is a gift.  When was the last time somebody gave you a gift and you wished it away?  The thought of that is absurd, yet we do it without a second thought when it comes to our time.

I have been praying for months for a young man, in his twenties, who has been battling brain cancer. I have never met him, yet my heart ached today when I found out that hospice has been called in.  I hugged my own twenty-something son just a little bit tighter tonight.

We are not promised tomorrow, no matter what our age.

Make the most of the time God gives you…no matter the season and regardless of what day of the week it is. Life is short. Use every moment, every breath, to glorify God by the way you live your life.

His gift to you is the day.  Your gift back to Him is what you choose to do with it.


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