Only a few more days until we get the gift of a new year. So many of us wait for this day to make some kind of new start. Resolutions are uttered, maybe even written down. Gym memberships are at an all time high. Some make going to church an important change. We all make promises to ourselves that sometimes end up being broken by the end of January first.
Why wait for day one of the new year? Why? Right now is the best time to straighten up, focus on the LIGHT and walk into a better life. Right now!
Carpe diem, (Latin: “pluck the day” or “seize the day”) phrase used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can.
We’ve all heard this saying. Most take it as a “do what we want to” kind of reminder. Enjoy life by doing whatever you can in order to be happy. I don’t see it as that. Sure, I’ve done my fair share of living like that. I’ve lived my life unfocused and reckless. I’ve done things just because they felt good. But my definition of enjoying life while you can has evolved over the years. I know I’m not super old, but I’m definitely older than I used to be. I’ve failed enough to learn from mistakes. No one truly finishes failing, but I’ve gotten better at steering around a few obstacles. So, Carpe diem to me is a much bigger project than just trying to make myself happy. It’s taking the moment and making the best of it, by putting what is important ahead of what’s not. Maybe that statement totally confuses you. I could’ve read that a couple of decades ago and think the exact same thing. What in the world does that mean!?!
It’s all about perspective and my perspective comes by doing my best to see this entire world like Jesus did when he came as our perfect example. Striving to see through His eyes is not easy, but that is what I want to do each day and I’m not waiting for a new year. Looking at the new year right ahead, I’m not waiting on Jan 1st as the day to start this. I started this a while back. I just need to renew my mind sometimes and refocus on this important task.
I’m looking at now, focusing on this moment to make this life brighter. I’m focusing on the only light that can make this life brighter. He is the reason I have the power to steer. He is the reason I can focus on the good. He is the reason my attitude and reaction to others and the circumstances of this world can take an upbeat tone. He is the reason for my forgiveness. He is the reason we get a brand new year, week, day, moment. He is my reason for living. I cannot do anything worth anything without Him, January 1st, or any other day of the year!
I pray this very moment starts a new focus for you. May it be bright!