Most of us have heard the phrase carpe diem- “seize the day.” It has always been a popular phrase for graduating highschool classes and was chosen as our class motto the year I graduated. It certainly is a worthy way of living life, full of promise and ambition. But do we really live our lives in such a manner? Most of us know someone who died suddenly or was stricken with a debilitating disease, and yet these events occurring around us don’t necessarily cause a change in the way we approach and appreciate our lives.
Jesus has always urged his followers to “seize the day.” Through His teachings in Matthew 24:36-51, Jesus reminds us that we are unaware of the day and time of His return. We are to keep watch, and always be working for the Lord in eager anticipation of His arrival. Most people would view the idea of carpe diem as self-serving but Jesus would have us think of how we can serve Him. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, we are reminded to be faithful and wise with that which He has blessed us with. We are to use our gifts, our blessings, not just to serve ourselves, but to serve others as well. Jesus has set us the best example to follow when He tells us in John 9:4-5 that, “As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
So let us seize the day! Be about God’s work in this life and treat today as if it’s your last. We will surely be rewarded for doing so.