Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Cesc Fabregas have dominated the transfer talk this summer. Could Rooney leave Manchester United for Chelsea? Will Liverpool striker Luis Suarez swap Anfield for Arsenal?
Could Fabregas be unveiled as a Manchester United player, and will Gareth Bale remain at Tottenham Hotspur as the prospect of a world-record £85 million transfer to Real Madrid threatens his current employer.
Their coaches are singing “Please don’t go, don’t goooo, I want you to stay.” The footballers are saying: “If greener pastures beckon, I am going.” Most observers seem to have something to say about this and it’s time you know my opinion: Carpe Diem!
Carpe diem is usually translated from the Latin as “seize the day”. The meaning is similar to that of other proverbs such as “Make hay while the sun shines,” “Strike while the iron is hot”, “The early bird catches the worm”.
It’s your time to shine
My translation of Carpe Diem is found in Isaiah 60: 1 “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you”.
There is a time in your career when you are highly sought after. When your current employer wants to hang on to you by all means necessary, whilst another prospective employer is knocking to seek your service. It is a time to seize the moment, or Carpe Diem!
This does not necessarily mean that you should jump at every offer or opportunity that beckons. It means you should carefully and prayerfully consider if your current organisation is the best for you.
Brendan Rodgers (Liverpool’s coach) has warned Luis Suarez will be making a big mistake if he turns his back on Liverpool for Arsenal. Little has changed from Liverpool’s point of view with regards to Suarez: they do not want to sell him. Privately, though, there is recognition that his future at the club is in the balance. Arsenal have aggressively pursued the 26-year-old, while Real Madrid remain a competitor for his service. It was widely reported that Luis Suarez wanted to leave Liverpool to play in a team that is in the Champions League, vis-à-vis Arsenal and Real Madrid. Should he be spontaneous and seize the moment? Or should he stay and reward Liverpool for having faith in him.
Andre Villas-Boas (Tottenham’s coach) remains hopeful that Tottenham can tie Gareth Bale to a new contract to keep him out of the clutches of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
If you are ever confronted with a dilemma such as this, you need wisdom. No wonder James 1:5 says “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”
Carpe Diem has another meaning. It also means enjoyment of the pleasures of the moment without concern for the future. But the truth is – sometimes you may have to avoid some pleasures of the moment because of a better future.
It’s okay to seek pleasures of the moment. But if it is at the expense of longer lasting pleasures of the future, don’t Carpe Diem!