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Carpe Diem | Ecclesiastes 9.7-10

embrace the seasonWEDNESDAY
Reflection 3 of 5

Seize life! Eat bread with gusto,
Drink wine with a robust heart.

Oh yes—God takes pleasure in your pleasure!

Dress festively every morning.
Don’t skimp on colors and scarves.
Relish life with the spouse you love
Each and every day of your precarious life.
Each day is God’s gift. It’s all you get in exchange
For the hard work of staying alive.
Make the most of each one!
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.

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 | MSG

From Phil Strout’s book Thrive. From his introduction, entitled “Eyes on the Road.” Thrive is a book specifically addressed to leaders, but Phil’s words are for all of us…Thrive_Strout

…Less than a minute before, I had been thinking about how I had just lost my father—and now I was pondering how I could have been so careless and over corrected in such a way that I spun into a major accident. Stuck in the car and momentarily praying that another vehicle didn’t slam into me, I wondered how I had arrived at that moment.

I had just lost my father, my negligent driving had undoubtedly totaled my car — and I still may not survive and would widow my wife.

A state trooper quickly arrived on the scene, helping push my car onto its four wheels. Unbelievably, the car was in good enough shape that I drove it away. In less than a minute, I had gone from being a grieving son to a man whose entire world hung in the balance, including my life.

Was this nothing more than an accident, an unforeseeable event that landed me here? Or was there something more to it?

The truth is, what happened in an instant took much longer to occur—I had been building toward this. I was overtired, exhausted, drained. Despite the sweet time I had with my father, pressure mounted. I fell behind in my work and so many details demanded my attention as a leader.

I wondered,

Was this a foreshadowing of something direr and darker to come in my journey as a leader?

“Whatever turns up, grab it and do it. And heartily!” What task/opportunity/responsibility has turned up most recently for you? How are you being challenged to grab it and do it?

Abba, save me from the complacency of always assuming there’s another day, more time, more opportunities. What you bring before me this day, let me not file it or bypass it, let me see it, seize it, and do it. With heart. Through Christ.

carpe diem


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