Carpe Annum

Dear fellow life sojourners:

The above piece — begun decades ago and finished last night — seems more timely than ever.

I coined the term “Carpe Annum” back in 1995. Its intended use was for the cover of a slender catalog for Tyndale House promoting page-a-day calendars. We didn’t use it. Instead we went with the equally-fitting Psalm 118:24, “This is the day the Lord has made. . .”

The never published idea stayed with me. (Actually, I have an entire trunk of dormant ideas stewing in my brain. Such is the burdened life of a writer.)

Whether “Carpe Annum” has a life beyond this email is really up to you. It may not be “Footprints in the Sand,” “Desiderata,”  or “Once Upon a Tandem.”  But I do believe it delivers a hopeful blueprint for using our God-given gifts sooner rather than later.

Worth mentioning. While the theology of “Carpe Annum” doesn’t hit you over the head, it’s definitely inspired by a few of my favorite verses.

  • Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
  • For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
  • I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.  (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)

Of course, these are all themes I’ve explored in books like The Prayer of AgurThe Jesus Dare, and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List?

Here’s the link for a free download of Carpe Annum. Print it. Share it. Ponder it.


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