YOLO is a popular expression, hashtag, and belief that we see around the internet and more! It’s often used to boost certain desires that adds risk than value to our lives.
This raises the question, “Do you know what YOLO stands for and is it an accurate thought to keep in mind?” YOLO is a abbreviation for You Only Live Once. This mindset started to catch attention and set a trail blaze within this decade. Yes, it happens to be accurate, too! It’s undeniably accurate because there remains no scientific and historical account that an only-human being has lived twice! YOLO, when we chew on it, can set a good mindset after all.
Let’s chew on the reality of living only once through numbers this year.
There are about 7 billion people alive today.
Births, estimated each year, is almost 90 million.
Deaths counted as of mid-2019 is around 38 million.
With these numbers, we are in the count of those 7 billion people alive today. While life continues with around 330,000 babies born each day, you and I are in the course of time that will someday end through death. A guarantee that no science can ever change. Having the YOLO mindset drives a good motivation only when we look at life the way it is purposed for me and you!
You exist from a good plan with a purpose.
The story of creation and how existence began, as found in the Bible, is not some “chance” and a fairy tale. Reading through the entire Book of Genesis will show that it’s not a feel-good story nor a hopeless one; there is beauty, sorry, joy, and more in this thing called life. Our existence according to the biblical accounts from history reveal God’s work and plan for your life.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. – from Genesis 1
God is our creator and master. What He has made was good and He entrusted to us the privilege to be with Him, grow together, and wisely rule over the earth. Each one of us contribute to the big picture but, at this day and age, we know by experience that this is not easy…
We have a sin problem.
The difficult parts of life and our personal lifestyle often come from issues that reveal our desires. We are prone to unnecessarily overemphasize our wants. The way we chase happiness to impatiently satisfy our flesh, pride, and selfishness only bring burden to our lives. The more we choose to do what we want, the more we are prone to sin, the more we eventually truly sin and stand against God. More than any list of dos and don’ts, sin is choosing to do life our own way at the cost of forsaking God’s good plan and purpose.
Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19-21)
For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:8)
Having self at the core and center of your lifestyle, not acknowledging your creator and the reality around you, is the biggest hindrance to living a wonderful life. The sin of keeping self above God makes the YOLO mindset a risk than a refreshing perspective. It further tires us, hungers us, and misleads us to the point of missing out of who we can become as God planned.
Best News Ever: Christ Jesus
We’ve done it before and we can keep trying, but we can never save ourselves from the chaos of sin around us and sins we commit ourselves. What can be done for us? Good news: what can be done for us as been done for us, indeed! The most famous man in history is the Savior we need, don’t deserve, but a gift we received in full.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split. The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, became very frightened and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” (Matthews 27:50-54)
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; (1 Peter 3:18)
God knows His creation perfectly. He knows we only live once and we are not living it out wisely – we are miserable because we choose to turn away from Him. God made sure our sin problem is overcome by His pure, powerful, and everlasting love according to plan. This is why Christ Jesus came to be the perfect sacrifice to pay for our sins. Putting our trust in Christ Jesus as our Savior means honoring Him as LORD, believing that He is the best news ever — change has come when we are His followers!
You can live for God.
As we breathe today among the 7 billion people God has kept alive, we can experience the best YOLO when we choose to live for God.
You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:1-7)
Indeed, we only live once. How we eat, sleep (or not sleep), study, work, walk and talk determine not only where we’ll end up but also how we are most likely to further misery or wonderfully enjoy this life we have been given. In going with the YOLO mindset as a follower of the LORD Jesus, redeemed by the mercy and might of God, fix your eyes and your feet according to the guidance of His Word. As the verse above shared, “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
Longing to know more? We are with you on that!
Read the YOLO Gospel tract with your loved ones. It comes in English and Filipino.
Dive in the Word of God through a Bible reading plan, too.
All these are available through the SAVED Radio app for you to share and live out!
Writer’s Bio: Lorraine is a mommy 24/7, an emcee for special occasions, and a volunteer-turned-worker for her kid’s church. She’s often found expending her high energy on the dance floor or in the football field as a volunteer coach. She intentionally spends simple leisure time with her son through movies, praise & worship music, unhurried errands, and exploring nearby places. Her picture of the perfect alone time is in a quiet and cozy place where there’s coffee, pastries, the Bible, her journal, and writing tools.