“Seize the day” is a term that we’ve all heard of or used at one time or another, but do we always make the most of each day we’ve been given and actually seize the day?

I was talking with a friend recently and she said the worst thing about this lockdown is that we don’t know when it’s going to end. I disagreed and said that the worst thing about it is that people are dying every day of this awful plague, people who may have thought they had years ahead of them, people who had made plans with loved ones, or maybe to start a business, maybe to start a family, maybe to spend more time with the family they’ve already got – or a whole host of other plans, but in the midst of this terrible time, their lives have been cut short, or severely disrupted by a lengthy stay in hospital, or a job loss with all the financial repercussions that it brings. 

I’m sure that many of you had booked holidays, trips to visit loved ones, or business trips and most, if not all your plans have had to be cancelled, or at least put on hold for now while we “wait out” the Covid-19 situation. We all know it will end sometime and life will get back to some kind of normal, but what will we do with each day while we’re waiting for “normal” to happen?

We need to understand that every day is a blessing from God, no matter what’s going on around us; the Bible says in Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth”. In other words, don’t plan too far ahead as we don’t know what’s going to happen that may disrupt our plans. Obviously, it’s prudent to plan for certain things, for example your finances, to buy a house, take out a pension plan, or life assurance. Even if you don’t benefit from these decisions, someone you love may do one day.

However, don’t invest too much of yourself in the things of this world, for this world is not our eternal home; we should invest in eternity today. Decide to really get to know God today. Spend more time praying and reading your Bible today. Seize the day!

Friend don’t waste this day, it’s a gift from God. We often take for granted waking up in the morning but how often do we wake up and say thank-you to God for the new day?

Each new day is full of God’s new mercies (Lamentations 3:23) and His promises, each new sunrise is different to the one before, each new morning sky is a beautiful painting on God’s great canvas and even when the clouds are grey the sun is shining behind them. Enjoy these simple pleasures, thank God for them and Seize the Day!

Psalm 118:24 “This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it”.

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