Y.O.L.O (You Only Live Once)
YOLO! You only live once was being shouted and posted, and is still a way of living for many youth after being made popular through a rap artist, Drake. From memes to statues on facebook, YOLO stood for living how you want and doing what you want when you want with the justification being you only live once. Y.O.L.O has become the anthem of the youth. In a song by Lecrae titled No Regrets he says:
“that you gon’ live forever
Whether you want to or not
Some of us gon’ end up holy
Some of us gon’ end up hot…’
So do we really only live once on Earth and then that’s it? What we do now will have no impact later? YOLO - Is this something we really want to be professing?
What does God’s word say about Youth?
1 Timothy 4:12 ESV
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 ESV
Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
Jeremiah 1:4-8 ESV
Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.”
As youth we are to be examples, to enjoy are youth but understand that we are held accountable, and although we are young we can and will be used by God.
2 Timothy 2:22 ESV
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
Discern, Perceive, and Belive
No Regrets lyrical video below