Carpe Diem

Janice and I were at a frozen yogurt shop, and a picture promoting the peach yogurt she later enjoyed noted it was available for a limited time only. The phrase could have been employed for several reasons. Maybe the company was testing the sales potential of the product, and they wanted to get feedback (like when a movie is test marketed). The yogurt could have been seasonal, or their supply of it was limited by some other factor. From a cynical point of view, I suppose the phrase could have been used as a ploy to create a scarcity mindset in the hopes it would boost sales.

Whatever the truth was, the greater truth is that everything in this life is available “for a limited time only.” Sunsets, the laughter of children, rich friendships—none of these come with a guarantee of tomorrow. Everything about life as we know it is ours for a limited time only. Children grow up, and friendships can fade due to time, distance, or death. There will never be another day exactly like the one you are experiencing today. Appreciate that each day is one-of-a-kind by refusing to take any of them for granted.

We live within a day when we see it as a gift from our Father. We don’t assume the blessing of today means we have tomorrow promised because we don’t. Approaching life from this perspective frees us to celebrate and find joy in the day at hand in a manner that is not possible any other way. It takes some discipline to do it, but it is an absolutely liberating way to live.

Don’t undervalue what God has given to you in the gift of a day. It is an invaluable, never-to-be-repeated collection of moments that is alive with possibilities and opportunities. It’s fashionable to talk about how we spend a day, but we’re better off if we learn how to invest it. This is what it means to live as a disciple of Jesus.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24 ESV). 

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