Do You Suffer from FOMO?

Ever since I moved back home, my little Chihuahua-Cookie, suffers from FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out.

We have a nightly routine at our house. Right before bed, Cookie gets to spend time on my parents’ bed along with her cousins- Tillie and Tootsie, two mini-dachshunds. When it’s time for bed, I’ll say, “Cookie, come on! Let’s go night-night!”

This is Cookie sulking because she thinks she is missing out on play time!

This is Cookie sulking because she thinks she is missing out on play time!

Does she come when she’s called? Oh no! Her FOMO kicks in because she jumps off the bed and hides UNDER the bed where I can’t reach her. When I do get her to come up with me, it’s only temporary because if she hears movement downstairs she goes FLYING off the bed to see if she is missing out on dinner, treats or play time.

Do you suffer from FOMO? What are you afraid of missing out?  Are you afraid of missing out on the newest Apple device? Missing out on having kids, because you are in your 40s and still single? Do you fear you will miss out on a job promotion? Do you fear that since your child isn’t in the gifted and talented program they are missing out on an education that isn’t good enough for college?

Look what Jesus says in Matthew 6:33 (MSG):

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

When that FOMO kicks in, our lives are not steeped in God-reality. They are steeped in human-reality, human-initiative, and human provisions.

We forget the miraculous, supernatural power of our Heavenly Father to meet our everyday human concerns. It’s like we suffer amnesia Monday through Saturday. We forget the promises we hear in church, and the words of glory, power and awe that describe God in the songs we sing on Sunday.

Whenever the devil tries to fill me with the FOMO mind weed, I always think of a song from my younger days in Sunday school: “I am Jesus’ Little Lamb.” The first verse of this song is the following:

I am Jesus’ Little Lamb
Ever glad at heart I am
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my needs and well provides me

That last line, Knows my needs and well provides me, has become my mantra whenever a FOMO thought creeps in.

Your loving and merciful and gracious God, knows your needs. He knows the needs of your children; he knows your need of companionship; he knows your financial needs; he knows your heart is broken; he knows you need help with your aging parents. He knows you inside and out!

And not only does he then provide for you, but he WELL provides you! He isn’t content to provide the minimum. He gives you so much more than you ask for, more than you and I deserve because he loves us so much!  Wrap yourself in the comfort knowing your human concerns are going to be met by God-provisions.

Let go of the FOMO! Instead, expect a miracle today!

 

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