I’m a slow learner when it comes to “text speak”—it’s hard to keep all those acronyms straight! I learned a new one from my daughter while standing in line for the tallest rollercoaster at Hersheypark recently: YOLO—You Only Live Once! I had a choice to make—I could shake things up a bit (literally), stay in line, and experience the thrill that was intended or I could play it safe, as I often do, get out of line, and miss out. Though my sweaty palms had me second-guessing my choice, the decision had already been made before we stepped foot into the park that day. As my daughter’s riding buddy, I had vowed to ride whatever she wanted…ONCE anyhow! Why?? Because You Only Live Once. Though I had made my decision before being introduced to this acronym, YOLO was essentially what drove me to venture beyond the safety of my comfort zone.

There are quite a few life experiences that have led me to this place, one of which was standing in line next to me that day at Hersheypark. I tend to get very reflective this time of year as my daughter celebrates her birthday. She faced an uphill battle from the time she was diagnosed with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia in the womb and that battle continues to this day. Roughly 50% don’t survive it, but here we are, riding rollercoasters at Hersheypark 21 years later. Though I’m still a planner by nature and relish those times when my ducks are in a row, the truth is, life is unpredictable…and precious. Tomorrow isn’t guaranteed for any of us, so don’t miss out on the opportunities that present themselves today.

Jesus went to great lengths to give us life—the greatest, in fact. He gave His very own life to save us from our sins and restore us to a right relationship with the Father. Out of love and compassion, He did that for you and for me. Jesus went to the cross and paid the penalty for our sins so we could have life—not just ordinary life, but abundant life.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they can have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.”

John 10:10 NIRV

May we be as passionate about living life as Jesus was about giving it!

Thanking God for the lessons I’ve learned through and from my precious daughter. Happy 21st Birthday, Hillary Jayne!

4 Replies to “YOLO”

  1. Such a great story of your time in Hershey and a reminder to be conscious in every moment. Thanks for YOLO. I will use that one! Happy 21st Hillary!

  2. Beautiful story…beautiful daughter blessed by God above…and beautiful Mom and Dad who have alwayd stood there ready to provide all that love and support! Bless you all…oh, and “keep looking up!”

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