Before the Sun Goes Down
You’ve heard it said, “Live each day as though it was your last.” The Latin phrase “Carpe diem” means “Seize the day.” We truly aren’t promised tomorrow. When your last moment comes, will you look back and say, “I lived exactly as the Lord wanted me to?”
Are you living as though you won’t have any regrets? Have you told those closest to you, “I love you”, asked for forgiveness for any wrongdoing, or forgiven those who have hurt you? Were you thankful for each little blessing? What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?
Proverbs 27:1 - “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Matthew 6:34 - “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” John 10:10 - “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Psalms 90:12 - “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” Isaiah 55:6-7 – “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
Song lyrics: Did I live with love and grace, and dry the tears on some small face? Did I drink the sunlight in, look on losing as a win? Did I take the highest road? Did I repay the debt I owed? Search me, search me now, I pray, and wash my every sin away. Before the purple sunset skies, before the carpe diem dies, before I close my eyes to sleep, and pray, “Dear Lord, my soul to keep”. Before I reach the end of day, I’ve got to know I’ve walked Your way. Before the darkness shades the ground, before the sun goes down. Did I keep my word today, and mean the things you heard me say? Did I make sincere amends with those I wronged, my kin and friends? Did I seek to be more real and verbalize the pains I feel? Did I think on what is good and help my brother when I could? As I reflect, I must confess that I might not have passed some tests, and I fell short in everything, for my poor flesh is limiting. And I regret my whole life through, I did not spend much time with You. But if there’s time and one more breath, and one more hour of daylight left … I’ve got to know I’ve walked Your way, before the sun goes down.
Friend, tomorrow may never come ... for you ... or someone you love. Before the sun goes down each day, right the wrongs. If you don't know Jesus as Saviour, Carpe diem!
Artist: Tanya Goodman-Sykes Writers: Suzanne Gaither, Tanya Goodman-Sykes, Michael Sykes
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