Many of us are familiar with the term Carpe Diem from the great film, Dead Poet’s Society and the late great Robin Williams – if you haven’t ever watched it, I encourage you to do so! In the film, Williams teaches students to seize the day and starts off with a poem by Robert Herrick, “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; and this same flower that smiles today, tomorrow will be dying.” God’s word explains the same thing; James 4:13-15 reads,
“Now listen, you who say ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ 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. Instead, you ought to say,‘ If it is the Lords will, we will live and do this or that.’ ”
You should not only seize the day, but you have to realize the moment too – in order to value the moments, we need to realize them and seize them. Even Matthew tells us,
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34
Challenge yourself this week! Realize the moment – maybe it’s your kids laughter in playing outside, maybe it’s the quiet you have wandering in the woods, maybe it’s sitting down to dinner together and sharing stories, maybe it’s the crying baby in your arms and the love you feel, maybe it’s the grandparents taking the grandkids for the night, or maybe it’s a sunset over Lake Michigan – it’s your moment – seize it, realize it, share it.