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YALE vs. YOLO (Guest Post)

Do you ever wonder what would happen if you dropped dead right now? – morbid, I know. But it’s a thought, isn’t it?

You know that quote that says, “Only the good die young?” Well I’m here to tell you that that’s not the most accurate statement. There are plenty of bad people who left this earth early.

Okay, now it seems like I’m just rambling. Let me get to the point:

James 4:14 – “How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.”

So what is this verse saying? None of us knows long God will have us on this side of life. Some of us have years, some weeks, some even hours. Nonetheless, it’s something to keep in mind.

And that’s another thing – YOLO (You Only Live Once) is another lie we tell ourselves. Here’s what I think:

YOLO, though not as popular an acronym as it used to be, is a trick of the enemy, in my opinion. If you’re Satan, of course you’ll only live once! When this world ends you’ll be cast into the lake of fire for eternity. So this life is all you got! Satan doesn’t want us to enjoy the life he left behind when he defied Christ, so he wants us to believe that this is the only life we’ll have. That’s why we should go out and do whatever we want, regardless of whether or not God is pleased with it. However, if you’re a Christian and have accepted Christ, you only have one life on this Earth, but you’ll have eternity in Heaven with Him.

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So if you haven’t accepted Christ YOLO is cool and all, but I don’t want that – I want this:

You’ll Always Live Eternally

Scripture differentiates between these two acronyms perfectly:

John 3:36 – Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life [YALE], but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them [YOLO].

Matthew 25:46 – Then they will go away to eternal punishment [YOLO], but the righteous to eternal life [YALE].

Mark 8:35 – For whoever wants to save their life will lose it [YOLO], but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it [YALE].

John 12:25 – Those who love their life will lose it [YOLO], while those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life [YALE].

So which one do you choose?

Read more from Jessica over at The Pen & The Needle and check her out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

10 thoughts on “YALE vs. YOLO (Guest Post)

  • So many people live selfishly, as YOLO. They take their happiness at the expense of others. Such as a cheater who breaks up his family to pursue his affair, finds out that he has the same problems in his next marriage because he never learned to resolve the conflicts inside himself because he took the easy way out.

    People with YALE beliefs will always sacrifice, work hard, and pray hard to get through their struggles. Those who live eternally are on the road less traveled. I believe life is so much more rewarding for those of us who always live eternally. Those of us who went to bed hungry learned to appreciate a good meal. Those of us who have cried alone will understand and comfort another who is hurting. YALE.

  • Love this, and love the new acronym! So much truth and so well put. I always felt like YOLO was such a self-serving statement. I don’t want to do things just because I might only get to once. I want to do them because it servers others and serves God. Thanks for the insight, Jessica!

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