David R. Ferguson – Via Bulletin Gold

In one of my favorite scenes fromn one of my favorite movies, Dead
Poets Society, new and inspiriting (yet eccentric) English teacher John
Keating, played by Robin Williams, takes the boys into the foyer
outside the classroom on the first day of class where he asks one of the
lads by the name of Pitts (“A rather unfortunate name,” Keating muses)
to read a poem out loud. In an uncertain voice, Pitts reads,

“Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying

“Carpe deum,” Keating says to the boys, “Seize the day. Every single
one of us is just food for worms. You may be destined for great things,
but you need to take the opportunity now.”

There are many passages in God’s word which encourage us to seize
the day. One of the greatest of these comes in Ephesians 5:15-21. If we
simply follow these instructions, we will not only seize the day in this
lifetime, we will grab hold of eternal life to come in Heaven through
Jesus Christ by doing His will.

So then, be careful how you walk, not as unwise people but as wise,
making the most of your time, because the days are evil. Therefore
do not be foolish, but understand what the will af the Lord is. And do
not get drunk with wine, in which there is debauchery, but be filled
with the Spirt, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your hearts
Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ to our God and Father; and subject yourselves to one
another in the fear of Christ.

Our days on Earth are numbered. Don’t waste your time but use it
wisely to serve the Lord!