How many students of latin are there out there? Well, one doesn’t have to be one to recognize one of the most famous credos of them all; Carpe Deum, “Seize the day”. The full statement, really, is “Quam minimum credula postero” or putting as little trust in the future as possible.
One of my favorite movies is “Dead Poets Society”. Robin Willams, the headmaster, qualifies the dictate as he addresses his students; “Seize the day, boys, make your life extraordinary”. Many of them did as the developed the purpose in their lives that would validate their lives. Little was said about who makes our lives extraordinary.
Ecclesiastes 2:22 bemoans; ” What has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the son.” R.C. Sproul says; “Futility is a cancer. Its’ effects are perilous and terminal. If there is no purpose in life, then why not be led by our infatuations? Away with the external; live in the moment.”
Further; “If a man pusues pleasure and he finds it, he will eventually be bored with even the greatest indulgences. If a man pursues pleasure and never finds it, then he will forever live in anger, resentment, and cynicism. So, it appears impossible for humanity to be satisfied with hedonism. God has created us to be restless until we find rest in Him.”
Many are now filled with pain and unsatisfied desires in these very unsettled times. Strife and hopelessness bring us to a point of satisfying our immediate hunger at the sacrifice of the future promised to us by the Author and Finisher of our future….. only in Him.
We can still “gather (His) rosebuds while we may”. Those never hurt if we are careful how we cut them.