CARPE DIEM—SEIZE THE DAY
Seize the day! Enjoy the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future. Life is short. Today is all there is. Don’t think about how long you may live. Don’t think about tomorrow any more than you must. This is the philosophy we hear from many quarters today, and I fear that a great number, especially our youth are following this path to a life without any real meaning
Today’s youth would say “YOLO,” meaning YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE. Wring as much living out of today as you can. Throw caution to the wind, and try any and everything. Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come. It’s today that counts.
A person, young or old, following this path is a person without any real hope and without purpose. While it is true that we can deal with the past by repenting and making reparation for the wrongs we have committed, and we must do that, the past cannot be amended. What is done is done, and we cannot undo it. So—to agonize over the past is counterproductive stopping us dead in our tracks unable to move on.
So, what about living in the moment? Though it seems many are doing it, somehow I don’t think that’s entirely possible. What happens when the lights go out at night, and you crawl into bed in your mansion or a hovel? Unless your mind has been rendered totally useless with drugs or alcohol, you must think of tomorrow or next week or years to come asking what is to become of me, or perhaps critiquing the day, feeling a vague disappointment, realizing that nothing of worth remains.
I have an acquaintance, who is almost ninety. This is exactly how she and her husband lived all their adult life. They were good, moral people. They both had good jobs, but they spent every penny they earned never thinking about saving for the future. They bought the best and most beautiful. They traveled. They had custom furniture built that was so big and heavy it couldn’t be moved out of the house. In their mid eighties, their home was still not debt free, for they always moved up to something bigger and better. When the husband died, his retirement died with him. They spent it all without making any provision for the surviving spouse.
CARPE DIEM! They surely seized the day.
In 1969, Peggy Lee recorded the song, “Is That All There Is?” After singing about experiences that did not measure up to her expectations, the refrain says,
“Is that all there is, is that all there is?
If that’s all there is, my friend, then let’s keep dancing.
Let’s break out the booze and have a ball,
If that’s all there is.”
I must tell you, “That is not all there is! We have a future that stretches into eternity.” Yet, that seems to be the climate of the moment. Our world is in chaos today. America is committing political suicide. Everybody hates everybody. The streets of our great cities are swarming with multitudes of the homeless, people who can’t look beyond today, because, in their plight, tomorrow very well may not come. The Coronavirus is sweeping the world. We are warned repeatedly to take precautions because we don’t know where it will crop up next, and fear is increasing.
No wonder many are living in the moment, but living life every day in every way means you cannot ignore the future. The future is our hope. Hope is the only thing stronger than fear. It is amazing how a little hope for tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday. You know my motto: “THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW!”
If anyone ever had the right to be pessimistic, it was Helen Keller, deaf and blind, and yet she said, “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Just as the lungs cannot function without oxygen, so man’s spirit cannot thrive without hope. To live without hope is to die inside. Hope is intrinsically linked with the future, something good yet to come.
Someone has said, “The only way to face the future is to fly into it on the wings of hope.”
However, this world and all that is in it can never be our source of hope, but you can hope regardless of the world around you.
The Psalmist said, in 71:5, “For you are my hope, O Lord God; you are my trust from my youth.” In a hopeless world, Jesus is our only one true source of hope.
In Romans 5:5, the Apostle Paul tells us, “Now hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts…” The knowledge that God loves us gives us hope that will never disappoint us.
Hebrews 6:18 says, “…we…have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.”
My friend, you can hope regardless of the turmoil around you. So run to Christ and seize, “lay hold of,” the hope that He has promised. Go ahead, seize the day. Make the most of it, but don’t forget tomorrow and eternity to come, for it has all been promised to us.
Titus 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” That will be the culmination of our hope, when Jesus returns. What a day that will be!
FRIENDS, DON’T GET STUCK IN THE NOW. WE HAVE A GLORIOUS FUTURE BEFORE US!
REMEMBER, THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW!