Story Time: YOLO or YODO?

Thursday, October 20, 2022

When memories flashed before your eyes in broad daylight, it was one of the most peaceful experiences you could ever have during your stay here on earth. It was calming and mind-blowing all at the same time. And after a few more days, you realized how scary the experience was. It was surreal. 

That's exactly how I felt when I got involved in a road incident. After more than a week, I finally fully grasped the severity of the incident, I almost lost my life in that one wrong move in a split second. I never thought this kind of accident would ever happen in my existence. And there you go and it did happen, but I thank God, I'm still alive and kicking. I should always be reminded that I have to be extra careful always. 

One philosopher said YOLO or You Only Live Once, and another contradicts the other, he coined YODO which stands for You Only Die Once. Do you YOLO or YODO?

I guess I may agree more with the latter and it is a reality that we have to face that we really die once, physically. No one in this world is exempted from death, when one's life expires, that's it, it will cease to exist. We have to be reminded that we get to live every single day. It is a chance, an opportunity to live, love, worship, be grateful, and make the most of the life that has been given to us. 

For once, I thought life was fleeting and senseless to be celebrated and lived victoriously. That life was nothing. It had no purpose. I questioned the Creator who made us in this sickening world that we dwell in. Why would He make us only to experience pain and suffering? Why would he mold a sinful human being? Why would He? I was ignorant and foolish not to know the answers to these cries.     
There was a time in my life when I wanted to end my existence. I no longer wanted to live. I had lost the purpose of life and was blinded by the pain other people caused me. I blamed them for the misery and losses. At one point in my life, I became a ball of negative and dark energy, like a bomb that could explode anytime and damage everything around it. I was basically self-destructing and it was affecting the people around me, especially my loved ones.   

I knew I couldn't escape the ball of negative energy with my strength and power alone. The negativity held me back from the light and I needed someone who could pacify and put peace to the raging thoughts that bombarded me and wouldn't let me be. I knew I needed someone.

And that someone is Jesus. He reached out to me. He saved me. He healed me. He freed me. He became my peace and hope, the light on my feet. He brought life into me and filled it with joy. 

I am far from being perfect. I still have problems to deal and challenges to overcome with. Flaws are everywhere to be pointed out in me, and there are times when I feel like I am a walking disaster at my worst. 

But the good news is in life I don't have to go through with it alone. That also goes for you, yes you! You don't have to go through with it alone. You are not alone, never alone. Walk with Him and experience the abundance of joy in brokenness. You will be healed, in the mighty name of Jesus!

Live every single day of our life! Make the most of it! Love and be loved! 


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