You only live onceΓÇªor as our culture has abbreviated it, ΓÇ£YOLO.ΓÇ¥ You hear this phrase everywhere. ItΓÇÖs true and rather obvious. You really only do live once. One shot. And if weΓÇÖre being honest with ourselves, weΓÇÖre only given (on average) about 78 years to live. In the grand scheme of things, thatΓÇÖs just a dot on the vast timeline of creation. In fact, James 4:14 reminds us that our lives are but a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes. Not exactly the most encouraging reminder, but a healthy one.
So, we should make the most of it, right? Do whatever we want, whenever we want? Live like thereΓÇÖs no tomorrow? Yes, but in the context of our faith.
DonΓÇÖt let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.1 Timothy 4:12
If we truly understand how quick our time is here on Earth, it should compel us to live for Him while weΓÇÖre young, while weΓÇÖre active and living. Now!
And while weΓÇÖre living out our Christ-like faith, we are to be an example to others by what we say, what we do, how we serve and how we love. Ironically, living life in this way isnΓÇÖt popular. But we should not be discouraged. As the lyric of this song states, ΓÇ£WeΓÇÖre gonna go right, when the world goes left.ΓÇ¥ If weΓÇÖre living in this way, we can avoid looking back on our lives with regret. We can live in a way that sets the course for the rest our lives, in a way that glorifies the Father and inspires those around us. ItΓÇÖs never too late. It starts today. YOLO!