YOLO. You Only Live Once.
Not even 10 years ago this acronym surfaced and took off with young people. I knew it to be slang for excusing behavior you wanted to pretend you had no need or desire to take responsibility for.
The thing of it is, though, is that we do only live once. During our one chance to be on this earth, we are called to be salt and light in this world.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.
~ Matthew 5:13-16
This set of verses trails on the ever popular Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1:3-12). The blessings that ensue are blessings you can see in those around you--when I consider who I know that portray those qualities, it is those who have suffered through trials and come away from their anguish on the other side, truly beholden to God and His sovereignty. It is not limited to only those, and these verses should bolster in us encouragement toward being bold in our faith, we will be blessed--maybe not in this lifetime on earth, but our reward is in Heaven. There is no greater blessing than that, Heaven will make any persecution or suffering worth it!
~ Romans 12:4-8