It seems to me that I have seen You Only Live Once, aka YOLO, on shirts, signs, bags, advertising paraphernalia and everything else you can imagine. It is almost as though the only hot topic item is this idea of YOLO. YOLO has shown up professional athelete’s clothing and even in middle school and high school sports’ clothing. I completely understand the concept they are promoting – we do only live once so let’s make the most of it. Play hard. Dive for that ball. Don’t leave anything on the field. Be bold and try new things. Be the guy (or girl) who tries something new. Be different. Go against the grain.
The inherent idea of this is almost like carpe diem – sieze the day. This concept can be a great idea. I definitely think this is a good thing. We should be different. We should be going against the grain but not in the light that YOLO implies. It seems to imply that you should “go for it” because the chance may never come again and you miss it – whatever “it” happens to be – maybe an exciting adventure, maybe a new path or even a different career in life. Although I can track with this, I think it misses the mark.
This past Sunday, our church finished up a series titled LIFE – God cares as much about your journey as He does your destination. Something that really resonated with me during the series is this idea of “what does my journey mean for the future?”. For example, what does our journey mean for our children or our grandchildren? What is the legacy that my wife and I are creating that we will leave behind? It’s not if we are creating a legacy but what is it specifically? Are we making a difference in our children or are we making a difference somewhere beyond our comfort zones?
When we thought through this idea, we found that I was working at a job that is a great career and provides for my family but is doing nothing for making a real difference in creating a legacy. I had a co-worker retire after more than 40 years with the company with no significant legacy. I mean this in no negative light towards him or his efforts because he accomplished many great things while he worked for the company. It just really made me think – when I walk away, what have I really done with my time? Then we began to ask ourselves if there was something we could do to create a legacy both for our children and also Out There somewhere in the world beyond what we know. So Queen Bee Coffee Company is part of the answer for us.
As you read this, I want you to think about how you are living your life. The slogan says You Only Live Once but I say that means you should “live for tomorrow” because you only live once. If we live for tomorrow, we are making a difference in the future – in our future, our kid’s future, our family’s future and quite possibly the world’s future. When you look around and see YOLO, remember that it is true. You won’t get a second chance to make a first impression on the world you will one day leave behind. You won’t get a second chance to create a legacy. We were given this life but once and but once do we have to do it.
Remember, live for tomorrow not for today.