Proverbs 27:1 “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day will bring forth.”
“Mullet” was an award-winning photographer for the Associated Press. He had covered such events as Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf oil spill, several Super Bowls and political conventions.
On Tuesday evening, Mullet (whose real name was Dave Martin), was taking photographs for the Chick-fil-a Bowl in Atlanta. At about 11:40 he took a picture of the winning coach being doused with a bucket of Gatorade. At 11:45, he collapsed to the ground and died of a heart attack.
I’m sure that Dave Martin did not expect that Tuesday would be his last day. He may have been making plans for New Year’s Eve. He may have been looking forward to going home to his family the next day. Instead, his life suddenly ended.
According to the Bible, none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. The writer of Hebrews declared that we have an appointment to die, followed by God’s judgment. James wrote that our life is like a mist, or fog, that appears briefly and then vanishes.
Yesterday is gone and cannot be re-lived. Tomorrow is not a reality; it does not exist yet. Today is actually the only day which exists. This is the only day that you and I have.
The Latin phrase “carpe diem” is translated as “seize the day.” Take hold of this precious day that you have. Make the most of it. Use this day to glorify God, enjoy life and spend time with the ones that you love. Smile and be happy. This might be the last chance that you have to get it right.