Note: The name of my blog, Cotidie (pronounced coteed-e-a) means daily, every day, or day by day in Latin. I thought this short devotional fit well as my first entry.

Today I celebrated my 17,000th day on Earth, while finding out a good friend is celebrating his first day in heaven. 17,000th day you might be asking? A few years ago I read a book called 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert D. Smith. Smith said, “Most people measure their lives in years. But how would our thought processes change if we measured our lives in days?”

My very favorite verse in the Bible is Luke 9:23, “And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” I think this is a great summary of what discipleship should look like. There are similar verses in the other gospels, but Luke is the only one who writes the word “daily.” We are to deny personal control of our lives and give control to Jesus. We are to make a commitment to Christ. We are to follow the example and teachings of Jesus. And we are to do these things daily.

I believe the key to being a follower of Christ is daily surrender. Life is but a mist, or a vapor (James 4:14). We never know how long we have in God’s plan for us here on Earth. We must make the most of each day and serve Him the best we can.

How many days have you been alive? You can go to to find out. I urge you to live Luke 9:23 out every day and I will try my best to do the same. Our days are numbered and we do not know which will be out last. Make today count for the Kingdom.

In loving memory of John Lebeck

Written March 16, 2020

2 thoughts on “Cotidie

  1. Thank you for this Pastor Phil. We all miss John and I know you of all people probaly more cause of the one on one discipleship you had with him. You got to know and understand him more then most. I can honestly say I believe you had the major part in John coming to know Jesus and with that gave him a place in Heaven with Jesus. Glory belongs to Jesus I know but Him working through you, made it all happen. So you are worthy of being thanked. I love you and God bless. I’m 15,056 days old, and living everyday following Jesus and repenting when I dont, and the days I slip a little I know He is always there to take control and I let Him happily and joyfully cause His way is always better then my own. One day at a time. Amen. Chris.


  2. I love your blog. I will follow it day by day. I love that Scripture in Luke too. Thank you for your works.


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