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Rem ember the story that came out last year about a rapper tweeting “YOLO” and then dying in a car accident? Unfortunately, “YOLO,” the acronym meaning “You Only Live Once,” is not a new phenomenon. While it might be a trendy catch phrase, the mentality behind this trend is a dangerous idea that people in every generation have struggled with.

There’s too much emphasis in this world on temporary, short-lived accomplishments. We can’t even fathom eternity. It’s YOLO culture.

YOLO culture seems to go against everything that Jesus taught. It is an ideology based on the idea that there is only one chance at life, and that chance should be spent chasing physical pleasures, acting ruthlessly. It is a dangerous way to live, and as we have seen from the tragic example of the rapper who was driving drunk while tweeting "YOLO," it is a way of living that actually shortens a person’s life.  YOLO seems to be a twisted perversion of what the Bible teaches us about the brevity of life.

The message of God’s Word is that life is fleeting; thus, we should spend it seeking good things, things that will nurture our spirits, rather than just seeking things that will please our temporary, mortal bodies.

Ecclesiastes 9:5-6

New King James Version (NKJV)

For the living know that they will die;
But the dead know nothing,
And they have no more reward,
For the memory of them is forgotten.
Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished;
Nevermore will they have a share
In anything done under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 9:10

New King James Version (NKJV)

10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

Source: Biblegateway 

As Christians, we know we have eternal life. How we live today should be based on that fact, the fact that someday, we will be with God.

C.S. Lewis writes in Mere Christianity:

"Christianity asserts that every individual human being is going to live for ever, and this must be either true or false. Now there are a good many things which would not be worth bothering about if I were going to live only seventy years, but which I had better bother about very seriously if I am going to live for ever." 

Let your choices be guided by the fact that this life is temporary, and it is important. It is not just one long joy ride. 

This post was written by Emily Haymans.

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