In case you haven’t heard this latest catch phrase, “YOLO” means “You only live once.” So people use it like this:
“Let’s go sky-diving! YOLO!”
“How about bungee -jumping? YOLO.”
If you ask me, this thinking is a bit fuzzy. Contrary to this belief, we don’t just live once, we live forever! There is life after death. Greg and I were discussing this concept yesterday (which is where this post stems from!) He came home and told me he had a great blog post idea. So, we discussed how this generations attitude toward life (YOLO) is skewed. It appears to be an effect of the entitlement generation in which we live. It’s as is if, since they will only ‘live once’, they can do whatever they want to do with no repercussions. They can do stupid and foolish things, because after all, “YOLO!”
I understand wanting to have a good time and have fun, and to some extent, I think this phrase is just the excuse people need. However, in light of recent events, we can also see the flip side to this coin. The theater shooting in Colorado is nothing short of devastating. Surreal. In some ways, the shooting shocks me, and in others, I it doesn’t at all. (Again, this is a conversation I had with my husband.) ‘The Dark Night’ was the Jokers playground. His specialty was killing. When we look at our culture and see the violence through movies and video games, and we see the age at which children are allowed to start watching these things, does it really surprise us that things like this happen?! I’m sure no parent let’s their child play violent video games and thinks that it will be their child who ends up the suspect of massacre.
Okay, back on track! That night in the theater, I don’t think those people were thinking, “This is cool, a shooting! YOLO!” I’m pretty sure they were probably thinking something like, “God, please don’t let me die!” You see, we only die once. Shouldn’t we focus on the life we have, and live it in such a way that we remember we only die once, not that we only live once? What if we did that? What kind of changes to your life would you make? Does sky-diving seem so important? Or does sharing the saving message of Jesus Christ outweigh the things that we deem important? What seems more important then… spending time with your family and your children, or going to work more hours, for more money, for more things?
We don’t know when our life is going to end. What kind of legacy are we going to leave behind? Will we leave with people knowing we were kingdom minded, or earthly minded? Do the things of the world consume us and leave us discontent? Or does the work of the gospel so fulfill us that we can leave the things of the world to the world?
Just a few of my thoughts this morning.
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