let's talk about "yolo"
Updated: Aug 2, 2021
"Set your mind on things above,
not on earthly things."
Let me start off by saying this is not something I am perfect at. Most of my blogs are written to remind myself of what I believe. Putting it in my own words and writing it out helps me to see things better.
With that being said, I want to give my views on “you only live once” as a Christian.
We all have desires and things we chase after to help our lives seem exciting, successful, perfect, etc. As for me, I chase comfort and approval, and honestly, I chase after wanting more money. These things can seem innocent, but I am going to dive deeper into each of those to show how easy it is to put too much focus on this life here on earth.
1. Comfort :
“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
I like to stay in my bubble. I HATE controversy. As Christians, we are told to go out and make disciples, but in a world that turns against Christianity more and more everyday, it’s becoming too easy to avoid the bigger topics. Most of the time, I don’t struggle telling my nonbeliever friends about my faith. I have no problem respecting their beliefs and/or lack of belief, and they usually give me the same respect back. What I do find super uncomfortable is navigating how to help other Christians in their walk with God.
In my mind, it’s easy for me to just be like, “Well, at least, they believe in God.” The Bible verse from 2 Timothy instructs Christians to use the word to correct (FELLOW) Christians. Yet, the comfort I seek in this life is making it too easy to avoid.
2. Approval :
“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity from God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy to God.” James 4:4
This is one of my weakest spot. I don’t just seek the world's approval… I crave it. I love being liked. I won’t completely throw my morals out of the window to get approval, but I will try hard. If you don’t like me, I will think about it nonstop for days and days. I obsess over it.
Somedays, it’s easy for me to get so absorbed in the world’s approval that I forget to care about God’s approval. I become so focused on this life on earth, I forget I have eternity to focus on.
3. Money :
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” Hebrews 13:5
I "obsess" over money in a different way than I think many do. I don’t actually care about being rich. My husband makes enough money for us to live comfortably. I am content with our finances. My focus on money comes from writing. I want my writing to be a career, and it isn’t even slightly close to being one.
I can’t imagine my life without writing, but I still seek trying to get money from it. It’s a constant prayer. I never want money to be my drive to write. I want my drive to write to come from being able to make some impact in others lives. I constantly pray for God’s help to keep me focused on the real reason I write. I pray that I stay focused on the blessings that have come with writing, and to be cautious in asking too much for more.
“YOLO” is different for everyone. We have thrill seekers, material hoarders, fame obsessors, etc. It’s okay to want to have fun. It’s okay to have nice things. It’s okay to want to be able to share your talents/gifts with the world. It’s when those things take away from being content with life. It’s when those things take attention from God and put it on the world. It’s when those things interfere too much with the body and mind we were given solely to bring glory to God.
Being a Christian isn’t about giving up your life and the fun that can come with it… It’s about living a meaningful life so that you get an eternity of complete paradise. The things to come could never compare to the "good" things of this world.
You only live once, and that’s why you should live Christ. We aren’t given a second chance at this.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7
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