Living Once and Forever

“Live with no regrets.”

“You only live once.”

“Live life to the fullest.”

We are bombarded with these “eat, drink, and be merry because tomorrow we die” messages each and every day. Songs, TV shows, and advertisements include live-life-like-crazy messages. I like happy, care-free messages. But the YOLO, “life is good” messages can get really old really fast. They’re shallow and fake.

In the world’s perspective, living life to the fullest basically means partying, drinking, and having sex. Living with no regrets means flirting with that cute guy, landing the dream job, getting a perfect first kiss, getting into a prestigious college, and traveling around the world.

Living only once means I can do whatever I want whenever I want because I’m in charge. That’s what all of these messages mean: it’s all about me.

Sure, these messages seem attractive and inviting; but they all revolve around one thing: you. It’s not about serving God and other people; it’s about serving yourself. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have fun and party and travel? Don’t those things sound fun? Maybe. For a while. But those things won’t last. Those things are only temporary. A kiss can make you feel really special…but what is its value? Why are you doing it? For simple pleasure? A prestigious job can make you feel really important…but how long will you have that job? What’s the point of it? What do you get from it besides temporary attention?

The attention you get from people on this earth is temporary. Trust me. People’s interests (including their interest in you) come and go. They’re into something one minute and disinterested the next.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Luke 21:33 NASB)

We’re not going to be here forever, and the decisions we make now have eternal consequences. Jesus and His Word are eternal!

If you’re not a Christian, this earth is all you have. You can try to find happiness in an assortment of things—guys, money, clothes, media, drinking, smoking, or drugs; but those things are only temporary. We won’t be on this earth forever.

Have you been living for the world—living “with no regrets?” You’re not the only one. We’re all looking for something in this life. We all want something (or someone) to satisfy us. Have you found the true Satisfier?

Everyone has a God-shaped hole that only God can fill. As much as you try to stuff other things into it, you will never feel complete without Christ and His love. You may have heard this a hundred times.

I just don’t want you to have any regrets when you die. I’m not talking about missing things like a party or a sale at the mall or a cute guy. There will be more of all those things. I’m talking about eternal things. God wants you to be satisfied in Him alone. Stop trying to fill your hole with things. Only God can fill you up.

God loves you. He will forgive any sin you have committed. Stop trying to fill that hole. I don’t want you to have any regrets. You only live twice.

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