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.


One Comment

  • Mr Payleitner

    What a joy to have received your “Carpe Annum” gift today! I thank my Father for your being his passionate conduit throughout your encouraging books which I have collected over the years, including copies for each of my grands.
    I just printed some copies of “Carpe Annum,” one to frame for my 40-something neighbor Jessica and young pre-pre-teen daughter Veda, who are moving from city life to Jessica’s childhood small college town where her mother (with chickens) still lives. There, they will live on 5 acres, with a house needing work, already with chickens and other small animals. Jessica is a part-time RN, who has been able to afford her delightful Veda with homeschooling. I just received today another copy of “Once Upon A Tandem” to include in Jessica and Veda’s “keep in touch” gift I will take to the neighborhood party this Saturday. I have only known this duo maybe seven years, but they have been such a joy in our neighborhood and will be missed. I know Jessica, such an intentional mother, will appreciate my gifts and the most valued ones being from Jay Payleighter!
    My granddaughter will be in college next fall, so I will have “If God Gave Your Graduation Speech” and now, “Carpe Annum” framed for her as well.

    I must conclude this missive, which should be edited for brevity and all those tune-ups—please overlook that need. I just wanted the opportunity to thank you for being an eager willing servant to reflect and convey the principles and disciplines of Jesus, our living Father, via the powers of The Great Comforter!

    May you be joyously blessed this Holy Week and Easter!
    Jean Daniels


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