Carpe Diem

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 90:1-12

Teach us to count our days. (v. 12)

In the movie The Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams plays an unorthodox professor at a stuffy, traditional, all-male boarding school. In a memorable scene, Williams marches his class down the hall to a trophy case filled with old, yellowed photos of former students, all of whom are now long gone. The lesson hits home with the force of a sledgehammer: Someday you will be like them, dead and gone. “Carpe diem, boys,” says Williams. “Seize the day!”

Psalm 90 reminds us that life is transient. Time is limited. Hence: “Teach us to count our days, that we may gain a wise heart.” If you knew you had a terminal disease, you would try to live each day, each hour, to the fullest. My friend, we’re all terminal patients. The mortality rate among humans isn’t just high, it’s 100 percent. The end will come sooner for some than for others, but we’re all terminal patients. Every day is God’s gift, and we mustn’t fritter it away on sin and triviality.

On this last day of the year, allow me to offer a New Year’s Resolution: “I will make the most of my days. I will live before I die. I will do good, love God, and savor this sweet life.”

Carpe diem. Seize the day!


Lord, thank you for the gift of this day, this life.