BY: CODY PHILLIPS
I never realized it until a few weeks ago that I suffer from a major case of FOMO. I struggle with the “Fear Of Missing Out” – it didn’t hit me until I was just scrolling through my social media feeds.
Somehow there is always someone traveling and seeing the world, or having a baby, or getting engaged, married, trying new things, sky diving, and the list goes on and on…
Meanwhile, I’m in this trance wishing I were in London, scuba diving, and re-furbishing old furniture to look new again, or starting a family. All of these things revealed my FOMO. I feel as though I’m missing out on something. I’m reminded of this German clip:
Many of us use an iPad for many purposes but I doubt "cutting board" is one of them. This man missed out on what his iPad was originally intended for. I tend to fear these menial things of travel, marriage, and career. But something bigger tends to magnify my FOMO – I fear I'll miss out on God’s purpose for my life.
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells us the parable of the talents. We all know the story, one man is given 5 talents, another man was given 2, and a third man was given 1.
Yada, yada, yada…
We come to find out the Master has gained a return on His investment in the first two men. But the third just buried in the ground and didn’t do anything with it. Unfortunately, I see myself as the man that didn’t do anything with what God had given him.
Now, we could go the “God has given all of us talents – how will you use yours” route. However, I’m not going to do that – I’d like to stick to what these talents were – money. God has given us something of value. He has given us a new life, he has extended grace, love, forgiveness, and mercy. In short, He has given His own son for us so that we may have life. Which leads us to carry on Christ’s purpose – to seek and save the lost, point them to Christ.
I believe the main reason we bury our gift of purpose in the dirt is because we fear we will disappoint God. Have you ever found your self in one of those situations where you over-think it so much that you don’t do anything? We fear that we are missing out on the “hand-writing on the wall” purpose; that we totally miss what God had in store for us the whole time. I'm reminded of what Doug Everaard has reminded me time and time again.
God has given you a valuable gift. If you don’t find it’s value, then you will never find your purpose.
We don’t have to suffer from FOMO any longer. God has invited us to take part in His purpose.
Cody Phillips is a church goer, coffee addict, inappeasable learner and an unending “The Office” and “Seinfeld” reference machine. He’s on staff at Oklahoma Youth Ministries and is the host to the Century Leadership Podcast (found on iTunes). Cody is a graduate of Oral Roberts University and is currently working on his Master’s from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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