Carpe Diem

 

If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old.

James A. Garfield

One of the saddest things in life is when people allow themselves to grow old. I'm not talking about the aging of the body - this comes regardless of diets, gym memberships and plastic surgeries. Rather, I am talking about those who permit the spirit within them to deteriorate.

We all dread the aging process to some degree. We worry about whether or not our health will be good and whether or not our money will hold out as long as we do. While only a fool fails to make preparations for his basic needs, for some these necessities become the entire focus of their existence. And sometimes we forget what a tremendous gift that each day really is.

The fact is that, regardless of our current age, each person has the exact same amount of time as the next: we each have today! Since we can only live one day at a time, whether we are nine or ninety-nine, why not seize this day for everything that it is worth? Why not view each day for what it is - a gift from God! Why not open that gift with the same type of breathless anticipation we used to have when opening our gifts at Christmas time - you remember that feeling - it was one of sheer excitement and pure joy!

An even more important fact to keep in mind is that we all have the exact same amount of time left - eternity. It is true that our time here on earth is uncertain, but our eternity is quite definite: It is forever! And, the place of our eternity is going to be entirely the one of our choosing. You don't believe that? Consider this: God has extended his grace and Christ has paid the price for our sins. Still, God created both Heaven and Hell so each individual will decide which place that he will reside in for eternity. We do so by choosing to serve God in His way, or by living in any old way that we want to live. Why not then choose to live for Christ? Why not choose Heaven? Instead of growing a little older each day, why not grow up to your salvation, and truly enjoy each day along the journey? You can, you know, if you choose to.

The years of our life are threescore and ten, or even by reason of strength fourscore; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone and we fly away... So, teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

Psalms 90:10&12, RSV