“This is OUR time!” “Live in the MOMENT!” “Live it up NOW while you’re young!” and the list could go on and on with phrases like these. It seems I’ve been seeing this idea more and more from movies, songs, books, and social media and mainly about the high school/college age groups. Recently, I saw a movie preview and in it the high school boy said something along the lines of, “We will never be this young again, this is our time!” Is there anything wrong with living in the moment and enjoying life? Not at all! But it is wrong when we get so caught up “in the moment” that we forget about who we are supposed to be, how we are supposed to live, the people we are and that the decisions we make now affect our future. Ecclesiastes 11:9 says, “Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” Can and should we live happy lives? Yes! But we need to remember that the choices we make and the lives we live NOW will affect our future.
It is so easy to get caught up in the excitement of being young and living life to its fullest that we can forget our future. There are two serious things I beg you not to forget as you live in the NOW:
Don’t get so caught up in the NOW that you forget your conduct
“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, inconduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). The way you act and present yourselves now, even as young people, is being watched by God. Should that be a scary thing? I don’t think so. It’s comforting. But, it should also keep you on your toes about what decisions you make. God expects you as a Christian to be His shining light, even while you are in your youthful years. Whether you are at school, home, a friend’s home, worship services you need to conduct yourself as what you are and how you should be…a Christian.
Don’t get so caught up in the NOW that you forget your God
“Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth” (Ecclesiastes 12:1a). Why is it so important to remember your Creator in your youthful years? Because the decisions you make NOW will affect your future. If you remember your God when you’re young, you will pray about decisions instead of just following your peers. If you remember your God when you are young, you will look to the Bible for answers instead of listening to the World’s views. If you remember God when you are young, you are making the best lifelong decision you can make. If you remember your God when you are young, you will be the happiest you can be.
As school starts back up (and the peer pressures that might come along with it) remember your conduct and your God! We can and should live life joyfully, but you can easily lose that joy by the decisions you make NOW. The world tries to tell you that this is YOUR time and the best days of your life are NOW. But, as Christians, life only gets more enjoyable and more rewarding and more FUN as you get older…but only if we REMEMBER our future and live like we should.