This Is What The Bible Has To Say 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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Christian Boys Vs. Godly Men

It is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.
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Ladies, there is a huge difference between a Christian boy and a Godly man; therefore, it is time to stop settling for the lesser of the two.

So many times I hear girls saying:

“Well, he’s a Christian.”

“He goes to church with me.”

“He listens to Christian music.”

“He went to church camp.”

“He has a favorite bible verse.”

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Well, all of those things are just peachy and there is nothing wrong with doing those things. I mean, they’re all good things to do. But how is his personal relationship with God? How is his prayer life? Does he talk about his relationship with God, with you? Is he truly a follower of the one true God in all aspects of his life? These are some of the characteristics you should be looking for that makes a Godly man.

Ladies, a man will love you great when he loves God greater.

A Godly man will pursue an honest relationship with you. He will be clear of his intentions. A Godly man will worship, pray and passionately praise God with you. Whereas, a Christian boy might open the door for you, a Godly man will open his bible and explore God’s word with you so that you both may grow spiritually, together. While a Christian boy may put on an outward show, a Godly man will live out the love of Jesus daily.

So ladies, are you catching on to this ongoing trend? A Godly man does more because you deserve more.

A Godly man will be a leader. Trust me, I know that in today’s society Godly men are few and far between while Christian boys come in plenty. But you deserve a man who is after God’s heart not just a boy who goes to church. And I know that this Christian boy may seem great and have some really stellar qualities at the time but money and looks fade, whereas, an ongoing love for our savior will not.

The greatest thing a man can do for a woman is to lead her closer to God than himself. (Yes, yes, yes).

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So I beg of you, do not settle. Do not settle just because you’re tired of being single, it’s convenient or because you want the relationship your friend has. Single does not equal available and a relationship status does not define you. God uses your season of singleness to prepare you for what is to come. And if you’re dating a Christian boy, he needs to step it up or you need to move on. Wait for a Godly man who is ready to lead you. God’s timing is always better, always. No matter the circumstance. So, do not rush God. (I mean, He is, after all, pretty good at His job). Therefore, turn your full focus to Him and He will direct your path.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

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My View On Religion Changed When I Got Closer To God

Understanding that God loves me and protects me has encouraged me to be honest with myself and the choices I make.

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I was not raised Christian or any religion of any sort, but since I was in elementary school I always wondered what religion meant and why people practiced it. The problem is people are so verbal about stereotypes that all Christians are homophobic or believe that women should not have the right to abortions. These are both common beliefs practiced in Christianity, but it does not mean that all Christians think this way. Hearing those things that went against my beliefs scared me away from practicing any type of religion.

When I entered my junior year one of my friends said that the church she goes to, "Journey Of Faith" is welcoming of all people no matter what their race, gender, and sexuality was. I decided to try it out and I felt so welcomed and taken care of. I started to realize that the whole point of going to church is to worship God and nurture your relationship with him.

The pastor explained how God created everyone and that God loves all of his sons and daughters no matter what. That comment meant a lot to me and it still sticks with me today. Being a good Christian is loving and forgiving people no matter what because that is what God does. When people are hateful towards people who are part of the LGTBQ+ that just means that they are ignorant and intolerant, they are not preaching God's words because God is loving.

I loved the bible verses I would hear in church. I felt so uplifted after each service and applied the sermons I learned to my daily life. I learned the importance of loving others and yourself. I was taught to always go with my gut and to challenge myself. It just felt so relieving to know that God will always be here for me and have my back no matter what I was going through.

I always believed that things happen for a reason and I realized that is God. I feel like ever since I have gone to church I have a better understanding of life and what things mean. Since I am such a curious person always looking for answers, I felt that I was able to find some of those answers in the Holy Bible.

My journey of faith was confusing and a lot of people would make fun of me for going to church and still do, but I don't let it get to me. I have been a much happier person and have been able to set and accomplish more goals for myself it doesn't matter what people say about my faith. Church and just reading bible quotes is my therapy.

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