Sunday, April 29, 2012


YOLO is all the rage these days. For those of you unaware what YOLO is, it stands for "You Only Live Once". Everyone does ridiculous things, tweets about it, and adds "YOLO" to the end of their tweet. For example:

Running with scissors... #YOLO
Pulling fire alarms for fun... #YOLO
Writing this blog post instead of studying for my biology test tomorrow... #YOLO
Paying for my food in all pennies and nickels at McDonald's... #YOLO
(Yes, this really did happen, and here's the picture.)

Now you have the idea. Everyone is saying this...all the time. And after a little bit of thought, I realized that they were exactly right. You only live once. Which gives you the reason to do a lot of things. In view of eternity, your life is so small. You've only got one. I've only got one. Our tiny lives can make a difference for the huge eternity. The fact that we only live once does not give us the license to do dumb things. The fact that we only live once gives us every reason to make it count. Make the best of it. Don't do something absolutely ridiculous and blame it on Twitter's new trend.

Do something for the Lord, and then say, "You only live once." Stand up for the Lord. The semester is almost over. That person in your class (and my class) that you know isn't a Christian? You've probably got a week or two left to share the gospel with them. You only live once, they only live once, and you're probably never gonna see them again. Go ahead, do it. And then tweet about it and throw #YOLO on the end of it.

Hebrews 9:27 - "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment."

We've got one life, and then we've got judgement. Keep this in mind, and don't use YOLO as an excuse to do something stupid. Use it as an excuse to do something radical for the kingdom of Heaven. You won't regret it.

Speaking of regret, I was with the wonderful Karen Bertrand the other day when I got some good advice. Katelyn and I were trying to decide whether or not to get desert when I said, "No, I'm not going to get it, I'll regret it later." She went on to give some advice to us youngsters...when making a decision think about the future. Think about what you'll regret after it's all said and done. Will you regret not eating the ice cream? or will you regret eating it? Will you regret going to church? or will you regret not going? Will you regret handing the cashier at Walmart at tract? Or will you regret not handing him one?

Make decisions wisely. Don't do something you'll regret...there's no way to go back and change it. Because, after all, you only live once.


  1. You are wise beyond your young years my sweet friend. Good for you! Blessed to retweet this.
    Mrs. Hamilton

  2. Love this sweetie! Love you!