"The days of our youth are the days of our glory." ~Lord Byron
Everyone agrees that youth is a wonderful thing.
Full of curiosity.
Full of dreams.
Full of hope.
Full of possibilities.
Full of excitement about life.
"Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth."
Ecclesiastes (11:10) agrees.
But what comes next?
"Walk in the ways of your heart, and the sight of your eyes..."
--isn't that exactly what we tend to do? Follow our heart! Go where our fancy takes us! Jump at impulses! Grab at what attracts us! Maybe the four letters that make up today's teenager's catchword can sum all that up pithily for us: YOLO!
"...but know that for all these God will bring you into judgement."
That may sound a bit harsh to us, people whose brains have inevitably been affected by the constant YOLO-ing pouring into our ears.
But Solomon doesn't leave it at that. That's merely what leads up to the conclusion:
"Therefore remove sorrow from your heart and evil from your way..."
Youth isn't an excuse for sin. Yes, you only live once; in fact you do only live once, and after that you face judgement for how you have lived your one life, like everybody else. (Honestly, on second thought YOLO has more serious connotations than it's supposed to have. In fact, it could even just have the opposite effect...)
Basically...don't use the YOLO mentality of youth as an excuse for sin. But God meant us to be, wants us to be joyful too. To rejoice in the season of youth He has given us, with all its blessings and abilities and experiences--without making an idol of it. Value it to use wisely and well.
You're Only Young Once, after all...YOYO.
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