Carpe diem – or ‘seize the day’ – is “one of the oldest mottos in Western history and for me means living with a life resolution. It means knowing what my life is about so I can then a go out each day seizing the opportunities and life God has given me.

When we live with the attitude to seize the day it motivates us and at times even catapults us into being who God has called us to be. God doesn’t want us to live lives that are hesitant, fearful or full of doubt and unbelief. He wants us to soar like eagles, to stand on the heights, to do mighty exploits for Him and to live our lives in such a way that people look and say “they are the ones that the Lord has blessed.” It does us no good to shrink back from who we are created to be, and it doesn’t help or encourage anyone else either.

Seizing the day is living with purpose which as a result helps us to remain on the path God has set for us and to not get distracted. It is those people with no vision and reason to seize the day that wander aimlessly through life, not the ones who know what and who they are in God.

Today I encourage you to seek and enquire after God what your life resolution is. If you have a heartbeat God has a plan and purpose for your life and amazing things for you to experience in Him. Don’t sit back being lazy or complacent with the life you have been given, but instead seize the day and endeavour to run your race well. Run into all that God has called you to be and do, seizing hold and making the most of the gift of each and every day.

“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

Prayer: Lord thankyou for this day and for the life you have planned for me. Please help me to seize the day and every opportunity you place before me. I ask that you help me to run fully into all that you have for me and the vision and dreams you have placed in my heart. In Jesus name Amen.