Unless you’ve been missing in action on the social media scene, I’m sure you’ve come across the statement, “You Only Live Once (YOLO)”. It is the contemporary way of urging people especially the youth to go after their dreams and live out as loud, wild and free as possible.
As much as the term is harmless and a mantra to encourage people to shun fear and pursue their heart desires, it could be applied as a pressure point to get people to engage in activities detrimental to their wellbeing and toxic to their destiny.
According to the fun and cool kids of today, ‘living’ is trying out stuff that society usually frowns upon – wild partying, drinking and smoking sleeping around, taking pills, you name it. Because these acts pump them up with a feeling of euphoria, they are highly addictive and turn into self-destructing habits. When they are being cautioned about the slippery slope they are on, their excuse to turn a deaf ear is to remind you that ‘YOLO’.
This mantra tends to send a negative message to young Christians that they are missing out on the goodies this life has to offer. The pleasures this world offer might be intense but they are also fleeting. The other side which they conveniently leave out is, the consequences are usually too dire, making the seeming pleasure not worth it.
The world is trying so hard to paint the picture that this lifetime is the only chance humankind has to live and that all cards are on the table. Just pick your poison and deal with the pain later. However, that is not the case. As Christians, we believe that Jesus came to earth, was crucified, died, was buried, resurrected and ascended to Heaven to prepare a place for all who accept Him into their hearts. Then he will come back for us.
For those who choose not to believe Jesus, life ends in death. They turn into nothing; they are blown away into oblivion. However they live on earth has no consequence for them after they draw in their last breath. But for us who are believers, death is definitely not the end. It’s only a transition to eternal life with God. And unlike this tough world, there would be no pain or tears in the bosom of the Father.
For those who are made to feel like they are wasting their lives away because they are not indulging in bodily pleasures the Bible cautions us against, know that YOLO doesn’t apply to you in this case. For them, yeah maybe, since those who have rejected God already have their names missing in God’s book and that means death in eternity; not dead but dying forever. That’s awful and how I wish no one would have to suffer that…
If you’re living for God, preserving your heart, mind and body to serving Him, be encouraged knowing that you have a mansion in heavenly places with your name on it. Your best life with our Lord Jesus is beyond your wildest imagination and it promises to be worth all the things you had to sacrifice in this life.
You have the chance to live twice. Will you take it or constrain yourself to just this uncertain one? Why not try it? What do you have to lose, really?
© Josephine Amoako 2019