What Bible Says About FOMO

This Is What The Bible Has To Say About FOMO

God will never let you miss out on the opportunity to come to Him.

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Everyone's doing something exciting.

How do I know?

It's all in the posts.

Instagram, Facebook, and all forms of social media are sources of news, yes, but they may also incite FOMO or the "fear of missing out."

There are certain times when I would love to be back in Texas with friends or touring in one of those boats that's famous in Italy (you see, if I had been to Italy I'd know what to call those skinny boats).

Let me first explain that my life doesn't lack action. Babysitting my brothers always brings adventure! It's just not the type of "fun" everyone else seems to be experiencing.

And so, the thought of being somewhere else for the day tempted me.

And those are the keywords: "tempted me."

Satan tempts.

And FOMO is another way for him to sneak into my thoughts.

FOMO borders closely along the lines of jealousy, and for what reason does a daughter of the Lord ever have to be jealous?

There is never a reason. Except for the fact that I fall short (and not in my height this time). I will never be able to achieve perfect sanctification. And that's okay with me, as long as I'm constantly striving to love and live in the name of Jesus more and more each day.

In James 4: 2-4, the Bible points out that we "desire and do not have... covet and cannot obtain." And all for what? There is nothing pleasing to God that is a result of being covetous or jealous. The passage further explains, "friendship with the world is enmity with God." I would like to think that I would always choose God over the world, but experiencing FOMO forces me to choose the opposite.

FOMO lures me into comparing my life to others. It holds me back and whispers about the possibilities of what I could be doing. It squashes all feelings of gratitude and spits out the words, "what if I" and "not enough."

This is not a matter of placing blame on another for feeling excluded. No, it's more like I wish I was living in a different time or given a different opportunity.

But what I fail to realize in these instances, is that God has provided me with MORE than enough. I live an entirely blessed life, and I'm not making this judgment through comparison. I know that God loves me more than anyone else can, and even if I couldn't fathom that thought, he sent his Son to die for all sinners like me. Now that's more than enough proof.

In my times of battling FOMO, I must remember that lusting after material riches will only cause despair. Instead, I will focus on the words in Hebrews 13:5-6, "Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you nor forsake you.' So we can confidently say, 'The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?'"

God has continually blessed my life with people and things that He never had to give me. I am embarrassed to admit to these feelings of missing out when He has given me a life full of joy.

Even in times of trial, I will still give thanks for all that God has provided for me, for it is far more than I could ever need. So what place do I have to scroll through social media and feel "less than?"

In writing this, and in reading through God's word, His mercy and grace ring truer than ever before.

It is my prayer that you would dwell on these verses, and meditate on what is preventing you from seeing God's true love for us all.

Maybe nothing is preventing you from seeing God's true love. But then again, maybe you've never realized that you've been looking at His forgiveness through a mere crack in the door, while He is waiting for you to open it.


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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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If You Want Proof That God Exists, Just Look Around You At The World He Created

None of it is an accident.

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It has always baffled me that people can truly believe the world was created by accident. It's like saying that Leonardo Di Vinci closed his eyes, tipped over a few cans of paint, and miraculously created the Mona Lisa. Nothing that beautiful is an accident. I believe that the truest and rawest testimony to Christianity is the universe itself. A proclamation of its creator.

When I need to be reminded how great our God is, I simply just look around me.

Romans 1:20 says, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God."

The Bible is telling us here that everything has a purpose. The world is not this beautiful by accident. Every purple sunset was intricately designed. Each rise and fall of the tide was crafted by the creator.

Look around you.

The Northern lights are not simply a coincidence. It is no accident that people's hands are gifted with such divine talents to create wonders like the Eiffel Tower or the Taj Mahal. There is a reason that your favorite song has such transcendent and heavenly beauty, as it escaped from the lungs that God created and gifted with talent. It is all of him; it is all from and for him.

He doesn't make mistakes.

There is a reason that we yearn for these beautiful things. That we long to glimpse sunsets and travel the world and hear beautiful music and see beautiful people. It is because we are heavenly creations, and seeing these marks of God's wonder bring us closer to him and remind of our true and divine pace in his kingdom. These beautiful things are little marks of God's divinity, and they remind us where we belong.

They are the reason our hearts constantly ache for something more.

And you are a mark of his beauty as well. The fact that of the billions of trillions of atoms that make up the matter that make up the universe were brought together in an intricate and perfect enough way to create a unique human being who could never be copied are replicated. You are a miracle. And your very body and soul are living proof that God exists. Nothing is an accident. Nothing.

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