If we only do what we’re familiar with, we might miss what we’ve been made for. ~ Bob Goff
In 1989, one of my favorite movies came out in the theaters. The Dead Poet’s Society. It starred Robin Williams as a young and unconventional English teacher at a very intense all boys private school. The movie gripped me. Moved me. I was 21 at the time, and I can still remember my favorite scene. Robin’s character, Mr. Keating was trying to convince his young and privileged boys to think outside of the box. He wanted to toss aside the text books and to truly experience what it meant to live. So he takes them out of their classroom and straight to the trophy room and begins talking to them.
Now I would like you to step forward over here and peruse some of the faces from the past. You’ve walked past them many times. I don’t think you’ve really looked at them. They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you. Their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen. Do you hear it? (whispering in a gruff voice) Carpe. Hear it? (whispering) Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
Man, I still get fired up when I think about that scene. I was sharing it with my wife the other day as I was thinking about this intro and I couldn’t hold in my emotions. I think about life. I think about what could be. What could have been.
When I look at my life and the lives of those closest to me, I feel that there are so many things that are missing. I’ve had the privilege to experience a lot of life. Most of it good. Even great at times (like my wedding day and the birth of my kids). I’ve led churches. I’ve traveled overseas a ton. I’ve led organizations. I’ve challenged leaders nationally as well as internationally.
So here’s the deal. We only have one life given to us. We only have a certain amount of time in which we are to live that life. So why do most of us choose the path of least resistance? Why do we feel as though we can’t really make a difference with the life that is given to us? I believe that everyone can “Seize the Day.” I know that this life that we been have given was meant to be extraordinary.
So consider for a moment that those people who were on the path of least resistance were finally given a vision or picture of their lives on a different path. Consider for a moment that what they saw was a path filled with movie scenes of adventure, love (not just romance) and the leading of others. Consider for a moment that underneath those scenes was the voice of John Keating (Robin Williams) saying over and over again, “Carpe. Carpe Diem. Seize the day everyone. Make your lives extraordinary!”
Now, consider for another moment, that those people watching this new vision were all over the world. Old and young. Poor or rich. People who, along the way gave in to mediocrity but are now hoping, dreaming, crying out for something more. It isn’t about a program. It isn’t about some 6 step plan. It’s all about Seizing the life that God has given each of us and believing it to be extraordinary.
Welcome to life. The way it was intended to be lived out.
Today is Thursday. You were meant for more.