Just learned what it means: You Only Live Once. Clever Drake…very clever. Drake’s music is a somewhat guilty pleasure of mine. I dislike how his lyrics depict women and still the beats are so catchy I can’t help but want to listen. What does this have to do with you or me as Met Youth you ask? Easy.
The motto ‘you only live once’ is as true for Orthodox Christians as it is for non-Christians except ‘live’ refers to two totally different ways of life. All of God’s creation gets just one lifetime to prepare for salvation…for the second coming of Christ. Ask yourself, is the way I’m living my life bringing me closer to God or taking me farther from him? I have a sneaking suspicion this isn’t the kind of living Drake had in mind. To me, a non-Christian interpretation of yolo is you only live once so do whatever you want. The apostle Paul reminds us, “it is not I who live but Christ who lives in me.” In other words, you only live once so do what God wants you to do and furthermore, do what God wants you to do because His will is guiding the course of your life and not your own will.
So Met Youth, I propose GOLIYO: God Only Lives In You Once.
In the spirit of the Regional Youth Assemblies which took place this past April/May, I wanted to write a different kind of blog which takes a catch-phrase popularized by an icon of today’s secular society (Drake) and look at it from an Orthodox perspective. I hope to have sparked some of your own thoughts and ideas on this same topic or another. Share your thoughts/feelings/ideas on one of today’s trends, looking at them through an Orthodox lens!
written by Patricia Rakopoulos, Member