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  • Sarah Mascarello

The new YOLO

In 2012, the slang term YOLO took the world by storm. It stands for You Only Live Once. People would usually say it when they were about to do something adventurous, reckless or even dangerous. This phrase evoked an impulsive attitude of “why not,” and encouraged taking a chance. It basically had the vibe of “you only live once, you might as well go for it while you can.”

Recently, I went to have coffee with someone who was interested in my testimony. As I gave a snapshot of my story and recalled where my mind was when I was out there all those years living by my own rules, this person said, “It’s funny, it sounds like you were the YOLO OG.” I laughed and realized how true that really was. I was living that motto before it was even a thing but I called it having a 'free spirit.'

That got me really thinking. What would it look like if we lived out the YOLO life as a follower of Jesus Christ?

I am going to love God first and do things HIS way, in good times and bad. YOLO!

I am going to love people as myself, whether they ‘deserve’ it or not. YOLO!

I am going to forgive over and over again, even when my flesh wants to hold a grudge. YOLO!

I am going to choose joy, even in the midst of chaos. YOLO!

I am going to step into God's will for my life according to his word and not my own agenda. YOLO!

I am going to have an unshakable faith, no matter what I’m facing. YOLO!

I am going to speak to as many people as I can about the love of Jesus Christ to try to help save their lives. YOLO!

What if we took these tasks on with the same sense of adventure and excitement as the term YOLO evoked for so many? Instead of going through the motions of our Christian faith, we raise both arms in trust and say “Look Father, no hands!” What if we chose to serve him with excitement, joy and reckless love? What a blessed shift in attitude that would be, especially in the hard times.

“Lord, I KNOW you have me in the palm of your hands. I can’t wait to see what you do with this situation!”


“Lord, thank you for refining me. I surrender to you completely and am so excited to see your will being done!”

See what happens when you take a chance at making God the center of your life. Your inheritance is on the line. Not to mention, God deserves our love and loyalty. Let’s get pumped up and take a chance loving the Lord and our neighbors with our whole heart, our whole soul and our whole mind. (Matt 22:37) Let's go for it while we still can. YOLO!

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