One Life. What’s it all about?

YOLO! This acronym was popularised by the Canadian rapper, Drake, through his 2011 song ‘The Motto’. The letters stand for the phrase “you only live once” and imply that one should enjoy life, even if that means taking risks and making mistakes. The philosophy that all we have is one life so we should aim to make the most of it is not new one, at different times throughout history people have advocated living for the moment. Classically the idea was expressed by the Latin phrase “carpe diem” penned by the poet Horace who lived between 85 – 8 BC.

While you are having fun YOLO can seem quite an attractive philosophy, but at some point the pursuit of happiness can start to seem hollow or life can become tough for some reason. It is at those times that we may begin to wonder “what’s it all about?” The Catholic thinker, writer and apologist G.K. Chesterton in his book ‘What’s Wrong with the World’ wrote “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”

Followers of Jesus believe that there is more to life than our brief human existence and that true purpose and meaning is found by following him. Many people have heard about Christian belief but have never really explored it for themselves which is why starting in October we are running the ‘Christianity Explored’ course which aims to help us understand the claims of Jesus though the window of Mark’s gospel. You are welcome to join us on Wednesday or Thursday evenings (whichever suit you best) for coffee and cake at 7:45pm in Life Church Centre. We will watch a short video presented by Rico Tice and then discuss what we have just seen. If you would like to join us then please contact

This blog post featured in the October 2013 edition of Hook Focus