YOLO – You Only Live Once
This is a statement that more and more young people have adapted their lives around and is really getting under my skin lately. It seems that they do not understand that you do only live once, but the final chapter is either Heaven or Hell.
This statement has become a reason to live as they want, not thinking of the consequences of their actions. They are now living as if they have forever, but seemingly not caring if they meet an untimely end today, putting it in a one word anagram of “YOLO”.
We all want to live a long life, but we are not guaranteed tomorrow. The truth about this statement comes when we think about our tombstone. I don’t mean to sound morbid, but think about it with me for a moment. On your tombstone there will be a couple of different things. First will be your name, and under your name will be two dates, the day you were born and the date that you passed away. The most important thing that may be on that stone is not your name or the dates; it’s not even the inscription that is included.
The most important inclusion on the tombstone could be the dash between the dates. It is vitally important that we live the years of our life with a purpose. We cannot view life as a You Only Live Once moment in the sense of living how we wish and filling our years with as much material fulfillment as we possibly can; instead we need to spend those years living for Christ, winning folks to His kingdom, and striving to serve Him with our lives.
When all is said and done, this comes down to a faith in Christ, a strong relationship with our families, and pouring our lives into others. Will your dash be filled with a life that exemplified the love that God has shown you? Or, will your dash be filled with empty fulfillment? Will it be filled with a faith that was unshakeable? Or, will it be a material life that was filled with things that did not help to build the kingdom?
Today, we can choose to fill our lives with Christ. Today, we can adopt a motto of Philippians 1:21 by saying, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is Gain.” We can live a life that is heaven minded knowing that we will get there to spend eternity with Christ in His kingdom.
How will you fill your dash? Choose today to serve Christ and work for heavenly fulfillment today. You only live forever, will it be heaven or hell when you stand before the judgement?