Carpe Diem


Are you like me? Does every day start with a list of things that have to must be done? Many people can get through their day with a mental list. I’m not one of them. I need my written list. After it’s written, I need to set the proper priorities.

And then stuff happens. Some are simple distractions like Facebook, research that takes us down rabbit trails, Instagram, Twitter.

Or we discover we’re missing a vital ingredient for supper, and we have to visit three stores to find it. Or the boss asks us to work late a half-hour to finish a project, and two hours later we’re still working on it.

Sometimes, the unexpected comes up. A neighbor stops by. Aunt Millie from Minnesota calls and gives us every detail of her bunion surgery. The car gets a flat. The sink backs up.

Let’s not forget emergencies. One of the kids gets sick and has to be fetched from school and maybe taken to the doctor or emergency room.

We only have so much time. Sometimes we can’t control what happens to it. But we need to work on spending our time wisely.

Every day begs to be seized. Do we seize the day, or do we let the day seize us?

I’d like to think I seize the day through my calendar and my to-do list. But too often the day gets away from me.

When the day unravels, there’s a scripture verse that reminds me of a way to not lose: Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2 (HCSB)

When I let him renew my mind, the stuff circling my head like turkey buzzards, the tasks all demanding immediate action fall into order. His word sharpens my mind, heart, and soul. Scripture reassures me that change will happen. Order will come.

When I stop and renew my mind in his peace, it lets him guide me into what needs to be my priority, what I can postpone, and, believe it or not, what doesn’t have to be accomplished at all. At least by me.

The day can still feel hectic, but it doesn’t feel out of control anymore. And the most important things get done because he reveals his good, pleasing and perfect will for me.

What do you do when your day threatens to spin out of control?



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