“Carpe diem!”

I read a couple of days ago that the woman believed to be the oldest person in the United States, Mary Josephine Ray, died at the age of 114 years and 294 days old. I went on to learn that the oldest living American now is Neva Morris, who is 114 years, 218 days old, and the oldest person in the world is Japan’s Kam Chinen, who is 114 years, 303 days. You can read the full article here.

We all need to be realistic here; most of us will never sniff 100 years, let alone 114 years. However, we do have today. I am firmly convinced that it is not so much the length of life that matters as much as how that life is lived. Every day is a gift from God that should be lived to the fullest, because we do not know if tomorrow will ever come. The Westminster Shorter Catechism spells out for us how our lives should be lived, and where guidance for the living our lives is to be found.

Question 1: What is the chief end of man?

Answer: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.

Question 2: What rule has God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?

Answer: The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

So don’t waste your days focusing on something for which you have no control (the length of your life), but instead focus on that for which you do have a measure of control through God’s grace (the quality of your life). The words of Jesus should ring in our ears every morning:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:25-33)

Carpe diem! (Seize the Day!)



  1. March 11, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Wonderful blog post, Clifton. You always give such wonderful reminders of how we are to live our lives and serve God best.

    Thank you.

    • cliftonr said,

      March 11, 2010 at 4:06 PM

      You’re welcome, Carly. We continue to pray for you two north of the border. Sooner or later all the red tape will get cut and Joshua will be able to find employment there also. I have enjoyed reading both of your blogs, too.

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