Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

The trend is “you only live once.” Sadly people view it as a license to foolishness. They act on their desires without regard to consequences. “We are young.” It doesn’t matter what we do…. we can pay the consequences later. Nothing matters but the here and now so you should live for the moment. You only live once. Do what you feel and do what you want.

Regardless of the reasons the statement is made, Satan would love to have you believe this is true and that sin is harmless. That the consequences are minimal in the long run, especially since YOLO. It really is just another way to rock the world to sleep in his arms, especially the young people. Act up, life’s a party, and it only happens once.

However, Jesus has plenty to say about only living once.

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away. James 4:14

You only have one life. You only get one chance. In this big world, you only get to leave so many footprints. Where are they going to lead? It is your choice, and especially now while “we are young,” to decide how we will live our lives. How we will live this world for the generation after us. We need to have a goal, and as Christians, it is Christ.

Charles Spurgeon said, “You will not be a very good sea captain if you do not know which port you are sailing for.”

See then, that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16

Some say that time is your most valuable possession, and it is the thing most often wasted. Can’t we please grab hold of this thought? Time is so important. You only live once. You only have one now. One today. One chance to impact the people around you that are in your life for such a brief period of time. What are you doing with your time? The concept of YOLO is NOT to go out and party and drink and make an idiot of yourself. It is you only live once, so do something that matters. Make a difference. Make your steps last.

Truth is, life is short. Eternity isn’t.

And while we only have one life here on earth, there is a life after this. What are we doing for that life? What are you laying up for yourself? What we do here matters a lot in the scope of eternity. Not only for the rewards that we will receive to lay at our Savior’s feet, but for the people we will impact here on earth FOR the next life.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us i the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he should no longer live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2

The only thing you can take to heaven with you is people. Eternity is not short for the unsaved either, and selfishness at the core is to keep a secret of Jesus Christ, and the light that you have inside of you. For the Christian, that IS our life! Jesus is everything, and we live not to ourselves, but to Jesus Christ, and to see other people come to know Him so that they can also spend the next life in heaven, instead of an eternity in hell. We just celebrated Easter, but do we live everyday like Jesus is alive? He can come back at any moment, and that should be at the forefront of our minds. Jesus is alive! And Jesus is coming back soon! I want to be busy when He comes living a life to please Him.

And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake our of sleep; for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Romans 13:11-12

It is a sacrifice to live for eternity. It is easy to live for your own desires, and live for only the now. But Jesus calls Christians to concern themselves with things beyond today, beyond tomorrow, and beyond this life. He calls us to lay our dreams and selfish ambitions on the altar, and give up the world for the Kingdom.

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. selah. Surely every man that walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them. And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:4-7

Our lives are so limited. We only live once…here on earth. “What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” What will they say after you are gone? What will God say when you stand before Him? We have to impact the world for Christ. We are called to make a difference for the Kingdom, because therein is our life measured. This is not just an offer on the table, it is a calling and a command. You only live once. Others will follow after you.

Make your one life count for Christ.

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  1. I’ve hate the phrase “YOLO” since I first heard it.
    People just use it as an excuse to act like idiots.
    But reading this gave me a new insight.
    While saying the same phrase, we should live a completely different life that the people that usually make this line their “motto”
    Thank you so much for this blog! It is so uplifting. And not only that… It is challenging. Thank you.


  2. Hey! Thank you and God bless for this post! I recently held a youth event where the theme was YOLO I wanted to challenge them and this post really sums up what God was showing me to share with the young people! The ministry I run is called born 4a purpose in the uk and iys refreshing reading a post from someone who has the same passion about waking for Christ the best we can and find our purpose! God bless and keep going!! Tamar x


  3. I really like the way your taking the time to show women and men about modesty. God bless you! Thank you for what your doing. It really helps a lot of people especially me about wearing a bikini. That was my goal now I’m just going to stay with a one piece. I also think that teaching young girls and boys through Christ is a wonderful way to tech them! Thanks again! God bless! -Mackenzie


  4. There’s a song by 1GirlNation called “While We’re Young” it’s all about living for Jesus while you’re still young, and not having to regret anything you’ve done because you’ve tried you best to do as Christ would do, and when you did falter you’ve been forgiven. I try to live by that. I want to be like Jesus, I’m only 14, but that’s even better, I guess. I want Jesus to use me, and show me how to use my life for Him. Sometimes it’s hard though, I don’t know what I want to do when I get out of high school and college, I’m completely relying on Him to show me what I’m supposed to do with my life right now. I get really discouraged by a lot of things that I see happening. I don’t know what to do most of the time, but God will reveal His path eventually, I guess.


  5. I have heard this phrase a million times and most of the time it was when someone was about to do something foolish. I absolutely love how you gave your take on it, from a Christian viewpoint. I would love to see more posts like this, taking a Christian viewpoint on a worldly or popular concept. I will always think about this differently now!


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