I’m not sure how or why it happens, but a couple of times each year I wake up and a week, month or season has suddenly vanished. Perhaps, my tunnel vision is too blame, so caught up by my job, project and other pursuits that I failed to slow down to embrace life. Subsequently, I am left to wonder what did I miss on these lost days.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes, James 4:14.
Unfortunately, you can’t get these moments in time back. Although the catch phrase to the soap opera theme song Days of Our Lives may be simple, “like sand through an hour glass, these are the days of our lives,” its so true. The apostle Paul concurs, comparing each day to a fine mist which disappears as soon as the sun comes out. The only question remaining: what is the best approach to prevent future opportunities from slipping through your hands?
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil, Ephesians 5:15-16.
The answer lies in a powerful Latin saying, Carpe Diem, seize the day. One of my favorite scenes from the movie Dead Poets Society occurs on the first day of class. Trying to avoid the normal boring routine, Robin Williams who plays English teacher John Keating, takes his class for a walk down the hall. Using school history as a teachable moment, Williams provides hope for those struggling with the lost days. May you exercise your faith by savoring the time you have left with your children, friends and family. Seize today!
by Jay Mankus