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Seizing the day

Sunday morning my message will be about Giving the Day to Jesus. In the course of my preparation, I came across some great quotes. Most of these are from http://www.quotegarden.com/carpe-diem.html. I encourage you not to rush through them --- they're some real pearls of wisdom here but most of them call for some examination and reflection. 

Sunday, we’ll look at the Scripture’s teaching on how to give our day to God and I’ll put that it in the form of a post for my readers who live elsewhere. 

Anyone can carry his burden, however heavy, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means. – Robert Louis Stevenson

Every day is an opportunity for those who are ready to seize it.

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost.

And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years– Abraham Lincoln .

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now. ~Joan Baez
Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. ~Hector Berlioz

Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go. ~Henry Austin Dobson
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.  ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Little Foxes, 1865
That it will never come again
Is what makes life so sweet.
~Emily Dickinson

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. ~Jack London

The question for each man is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has. ~Hamilton

It's a mere moment in a man's life between an All-Star Game and an Old-timers' Game.  ~Vin Scully

The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. ~Mark Twain

Life is always walking up to us and saying, "Come on in, the living's fine," and what do we do?  Back off and take its picture. ~Russell Baker

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. ~Art Buchwald

Warning: Dates in Calendar are closer than they appear. ~Author Unknown

Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for.  Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself. ~George Bernard Shaw

If I could only remember that the days were, not bricks to be laid row on row, to be built into a solid house, where one might dwell in safety and peace, but only food for the fires of the heart. ~Edmund Wilson

Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.~Ben Irwin

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. ~George M. Adams

You may delay, but time will not. ~Benjamin Franklin

Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning. ~John Henry Cardinal Newman

He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again. ~Sydney Smith

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. ~Fr. Alfred D'Souza

Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you. ~Annie Dillard

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. ~James Dean

Life is short, God's way of encouraging a bit of focus.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
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