The Call to Seize the Day.
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Carpe Diem is a Latin phrase which literally translates as “Pluck the day”. The term is credited to the Roman poet Horace from his 23 BC work Odes. The phrase encourages us not to ignore the future, but to take action today in order to create a brighter one.
This photo was taken at the summit of Quandary Peak at 14,235 ft. Quandary is one of Colorado’s mountains known as a “Fourteener.” Many climbing enthusiasts make it their mission to venture up every one of the mountains over 14,000 feet high. For some, climbing is their calling – and they do it with gusto! My husband and a group of fellow soldiers from his former Army unit climbed Quandary Peak as part of their physical training.
Solomon, the reputed writer of Ecclesiastes, encourages us not to simply live life on the sidelines. In whatever we are called to, we should do it with vigor because our days are numbered. We are never guaranteed tomorrow, so we are called to make the most of today for God’s purposes with the talents given to us.
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.”
Ecclesiastes 9:10 English Standard Version
I have always admired the actor Robin Williams for his passion and commitment as an actor. In the movie Dead Poets Society, his character reminds us to make a difference in this life while we still can: “Carpe, Carpe Diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” He encourages his students to live life with purpose, enthusiasm, and focus, not just to follow the status quo in order to be comfortable.
Lord, remind me to live each and every day to the fullest using the gifts you have afforded me. Guide me and strengthen me according to your will. May I be bold enough to Carpe Diem!
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