YOLO – You Only Live Once

0002693_yolo_you_only_live_once_greenblack“You only live once, you don’t get another shot at life so (insert statement here)”

The acronym YOLO irritated me for a very long time. Whenever I saw it being used this was the typical idea that was given “You only live once, you don’t get another shot at life so do what you like and don’t care about what everyone else thinks” People were (and are) doing things that really shouldn’t be done and using YOLO as their excuse. I didn’t want to have any association with the idea.

Recently though, I thought a bit harder about the issue. I decided then that I would use YOLO as my own excuse. People sometimes ask me a question that I honestly find quite strange; it goes something like this: “You are a teenager, why do you spend so much time doing volunteer work? Surely you would rather spend time doing what other teenagers do?” so what if my excuse was “You only live once, you don’t get another shot at life so I’m going to live mine the way God intended me to.” Imagine if we as Christians started redefining the general perception of the word.

Me on a missions trip when I was 12
Me on a missions trip when I was 12

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10

We only get one life to do the good works that God has prepared for us. The question should not be “why are you spending so much time doing volunteer work (or anything else that is considered a good work from Christ?)” but rather “Why don’t you start spending more time doing what God has planned for you? You only live once!”

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