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18 March - How To Live With Purpose

You may not be able to change the past, but you can choose to make the most of your future and also embrace this day, this moment right now.

It's why we have the saying Carpe diem – or 'seize the day' – it's one of the oldest mottos in Western history and means living with a life resolution and purpose.

When you live with the attitude of Carpe diem - to seize the day, it will motivate and often catapult you into your destiny and who God has called you to be.

Seizing the day is living with purpose, and when you start to focus your heart and thoughts that way, it helps you to remain on the path God has set for you and lessens the likelihood of you becoming distracted.

An easy place to start creating the habit of living with a purpose and seizing opportunities is when something significant happens: a birthday, anniversary, the emergence of an opportunity in some area of your life, or a special date on the calendar you choose to acknowledge it's significance instead of rushing through it. It's never "just another opportunity, good score or your birthday". It's something good that's happened, it's YOUR birthday, and it's all worth celebrating.

Celebrating an achievement, anniversaries, graduations, good test results, or even the beauty of a sunset and being with family and friends is cause for celebration because all these things help us to live with purpose and to "seize the day". It builds a particular culture and mindset of focus, optimism and thankfulness, and it's catching.

Life is beautiful. It is! There is so much to be thankful for, and there are so many opportunities before you. God loves it when you live with purpose and expectation, and you choose to rejoice and celebrate. He sees your life as a gift to you and those around you. When you seek to "seize the day and to make moments", no matter how simple, God is there. He is in the midst of your joy, laughter, achievements, new ideas, celebrations, your times together with friends and family, and you're being thankful.

Today don't sit back being lazy or complacent with the life you have been given, but instead, live with purpose, seize the day and endeavour to run your race well. Run into all that God has called you to be and do, making the most of the gift of each and every day.

"This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it". (Psalm 118:24)

"So be careful how you live. Don't live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days." (Ephesians 5:15-16)

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us." (Hebrews 12:1)

Prayer: Thank you for my life and the moments you give me daily. Please help me to make moments every day and to seize the day and every opportunity you place before me. I ask that you help me run fully into all you have for me and the vision and dreams you have placed in my heart. In Jesus name, Amen.

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