“This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him. If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim.” – 1 John 1:5-7
First, my sincere apologies to actual Latin scholars. Everything I know about the words I’m using comes from a mixture of popular culture and “Google Translate.”
But first I’ll share the context. Yesterday evening, chatting with a Tampa friend via text, thinking about both the adventures Rebekah and I are enjoying and the adventure he and his family are currently stepping into, I threw out the following hybrid phrase as my closing salutation – “Carpe Everything!”
Carpe Diem, as we all know, is the Latin aphorism translated “Seize the Day.” The word for everything is – apparently – omnia. But – being a Latin know-nothing, I didn’t have that word available. So I hybridized what I kind of know and came up with Carpe Everything!
Looking back, I kind of like it.
LIVE THE TRUTH! You may not like my rough, free-and-easy, abuse of conversational Latin, but I like the sentiment it represents. It’s another phrasing of the idea that shouts loud and clear from the opening of John’s first epistle. “Live what you claim!” Or, in a another translation, “practice the truth,” or “live out the truth.”
The truth of the Good News that Jesus delivered – in person – to this world, is that human beings have been invited to step out of the darkness and to live in the light. Everything that drags us down, that works to sever relationships, that promotes disharmony, disunity, and dysfunction, is defeated by Jesus; light always eradicates darkness, applied goodness is the only way to stop the advance of evil, love never fails.
“The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us,” John writes. “We saw it, we heard it, and now we’re telling you so you can experience it along with us, this experience of communion with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. Our motive for writing is simply this: We want you to enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!” 1 John 1:2-4
CARPE EVERYTHING! Carpe Everything/omnia – seize… embrace…enjoy everything – then, is a comment on the moment by moment application of this ground-breaking, torpor-shattering realization!
Seize everything; lay hold of life; embrace the fact of the Good News. “Live what you claim!” Joyfully engage all these new adventures in that same spirit of belief and enthusiasm.
Life is a great adventure. Every day is a new chapter.
“This is why I was born,” Jesus said, “and for this I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” – John 18:37
And I honestly believe the voice of Jesus is saying this: “CARPE EVERYTHING!”
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.