Carpe Diem

Sit back, relax while I astound and delight you with my vast and extensive knowledge of Latin. (Feel free to insert laughter here.)

Carpe diem is a Latin phrase usually translated as “seize the day.” Coram deo is a Latin phrase translated as “in the presence of God.” It summarizes the idea of Christians living in the presence of, under the authority of, and to the honor and glory of God. (Wikipedia)

That’s what I want to do! Seize the day in the presence of God! To do what I am able to do today, in the presence of God, because that will make my tomorrow better. I want to be so filled up with the presence of God, that I am spilling over to all I come into contact with today. (And every day!) I’m going to grab on to God with both hands and not let go.

“You have let me experience the joys of life and the exquisite pleasures of your own eternal presence.” (Ps. 16:11 [TLB])

“Quiet your heart in his presence and pray; keep hope alive as you long for God to come through for you.” (Ps. 37:7a [TPT])

“Whenever my busy thoughts were out of control, the soothing comfort of your presence calmed me down and overwhelmed me with delight.” (Ps. 94:19 [TPT])

“We cannot attain the presence of God because we’re already totally in the presence of God. What’s absent is awareness.” Everything Belongs by Richard Rohr

God lives in us and so His presence is with us every second of every day! We just need to be aware of that fact! Let that sink in deep into the core of your very being friends. We are living examples of Coram deo!

Audere est facere is a Latin phrase that translates as “to dare is to do.” We need to dare to do the will of God, with every fiber of our being. No messing around, but doing it. Matthew 23:3 sums it up for us.

“They say and do not.” [KJV]

“They do not practice what they preach.” [NIV]

“They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior.” [MSG]

We need to Carpe diem and BE HERE NOW! Don’t stress over the past or worry about the future but enjoy His eternal presence right this very minute! Life is too short not to.

“Jesus said, ‘No procrastination. No backward looks. You can’t put God’s kingdom off until tomorrow. Seize the day.’” (Luke 9:62 [MSG])

So please join me in practicing Latin together today and every day. Carpe diem Coram deo audere est facere like you mean it!

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16 thoughts on “Carpe Diem

  1. I love this post! So inspirational! I love Latin, too!
    And on a lighter note…from Truth for Dummies:
    Carpe Carp – Seize the fish. Carpe Carpal – Stop Typing. Carpe Carpet – Seize the Carpet. Carpe Dollar – Seize the paycheck. Carpe Illuminati – Seize the Conspiracy. 😎😎

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  2. Interesting post. A Christian application of “Carpe Diem” is something I have never considered.

    The phrase I believe predates the formulation of the Christian church; stemming from Horaces Odes ( first 3 books written around 23b.c.).

    That doesn’t mean it can’t comport with Christianity. Your blog entry does a superb job of illustrating this point.

    Thanks for sharing.

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