Carpe Diem

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 28th May 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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God expects your best! Each day. Every day. God expects your best. Seize the day, and give him the best that you have!

Be Part Of The Plan

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)

The Message Bible, translates our text, for today, in this way: "Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily! This is your last and only chance at it, For there’s neither work to do nor thoughts to think In the company of the dead, where you’re most certainly headed.” Carpe Diem, Seize the Day!

“Carpe Diem.” Seize the day. Make the most of every opportunity. Seize – the day. Notice the phrase is not “with utmost care and caution, after you have worked out the cost/benefit analysis and determined that there is no logical reason why all systems should not be go, and have assured yourself that the risk is zero, or as close to zero as is theoretically possible, slowly and timidly reach for the day, keeping eyes peeled at every moment for other factors which would render that decision less logical than previously expected and mitigate a sudden and calculated pull-back from the day-seizing operation.”

God expects your best! Each day. Every day. God expects your best. In the Old Testament God refused to accept the sick or infirm animals as a sacrifice. He expected a sacrifice to be the best you had to offer. He did no less Himself when He gave the ultimate sacrifice in the person of His son Jesus. God wants your full and complete dedication each and every day.

More than doing your best, which is a central element in this passage of scripture, is the idea of doing something. ANYTHING! Just do it! There is no end to the number of excuses we can give for not taking an opportunity when it is presented, and very seldom will those excuses really mean anything at all. If we neglect an opportunity, there may never be another time to capitalize on it.

Erma Bombeck, a humorist for all times, said: “Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart."

No matter how well planned your day might be, you can count on something unexpected turning up. When it does, the advice of “the preacher” in Ecclesiastes is to grab it do it! That is great advice! However there is more to this verse than expecting the unexpected. We are also encouraged to do the expected. Not only are we to do the expected, we are to do it exceptionally well.

• There is always work to be done:
• Someone has to open the store.
• Someone has to pick up the dry cleaning.
• Someone has to get gas in the car.
• Someone has to give that client a quote.
• Someone has to take out the garbage.
• Someone has to wash the dishes.
• Someone has to make the coffee.
• Someone has to prepare the proposal.
• Someone has to answer the phone.

There is always something for “someone” to do. Complaining about being the one to do “it” won’t bring in a single customer, it won’t sell a single product, it won’t pay a single bill. The only thing that will be of any use is if we just do “it”. Out of the thousands of tiny chores that crop up in the day, every single one is important. Every single one is important enough to give it our best.

The second part of that verse tells us to do it with all our might. That means to tackle our work with zeal. The puritans had an ethical code that called for doing a task with earnestness. We should practice earnestness in workplace today. Whatever we do, we should do it heartily, with enthusiasm, with passion, with zeal, with 100% commitment.
If you are following God, and you truly believe he is in charge, then you must also believe that you are where you are today because God want you there. If God wants you to be where you are, then you must understand that He wants you to do your best. We must give it all to God.

The old hymn favorite “Softly and Tenderly” says:
“Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
Passing from you and from me;
Shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
Coming for you and for me.”

Life is short. Death comes to us all. You only have one chance to do what you are meant to do on this earth. Seize the Day. Grab life by the horns and wrestle it to the ground. If you intend to do some good work, or if you have some grand plan, do it now. Don’t wait. God has put you in the place you are to be a part of His plan. Carpe Diem.


Devotional, Encouragement, Encouraging, Positive Affirmations, Positive Attitude, Positive Thinking

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Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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author avatar Tlchimes
28th May 2011 (#)

I love it. I can't wait to read more! I hope you don't mind but I passed it around a bit. My friend MJ thinks a lot like you so I may have to introduce you two. Good Luck and keep them coming.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Apr 2015 (#)

Inspirational - just do it is the mantra - siva

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