YOLO. You only live once. On many levels, this popular term is true. Take that trip you’ve always wanted to take. Go for your dream job when the opportunity presents itself. Seize the day.
Yet at the same time, does YOLO mean that I can do whatever I want, even sin, and feel good about it because…well, YOLO? Perhaps many of us have experienced regret after having done something on impulse. We feel a sense of guilt when freedom is practiced without responsibility because we were created to practice both together, never apart.
This year, we’d like to present a different take on YOLO, the kind that sets you free and brings authentic joy. Together, we’ll learn how to exercise our freedom AND responsibility – the practice of virtue. This isn’t anything new or innovative, but rather a re-presentation of what our Church has taught over the last 2,000 years. Every month, we will present a different virtue, what it is, what it looks like in action; and we begin October with the theological virtue of HOPE.
“For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery,” (Galatians 5:1). Be free in the practice of virtue. Do it…YOLO.