Beyond FOMO: Embracing True Fulfillment in Faith
Welcome back to the Health for the Spirit, Soul, and Body blog! Today, we are delving deep into a contemporary issue that affects not just our social lives but our spiritual connection as well. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected through technology, many of us grapple with a phenomenon known as FOMO. But as believers, how does this fear shape our relationship with God, and what can we learn from it?
The Trap of FOMO
FOMO, an abbreviation for “Fear Of Missing Out”, is a feeling of anxiety or insecurity over the possibility of missing out on something, such as an event or an opportunity. It’s often associated with the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing. Have you ever been afraid to give yourself totally to the Lord because you think you might be deprived of some pleasure in this life? You most likely have. That's because Satan is working overtime to convince you that he can really make your life worth living.
Growing up as a young person in the late 1970s, in Nigeria, I found myself drawn to the spiritual sanctuary of the church. One day, I made a profound resolution to dedicate my life to serving the Lord. However, this decision was not without its doubts and fears. When I began to contemplate the implications of my choice, I observed that those who had fully embraced Christianity appeared to live differently from others. Their attire seemed out of sync with contemporary fashion, and it appeared as though they were missing out on certain aspects of life that were considered enjoyable by societal standards. This observation instilled a sense of apprehension in me. I began to question whether total devotion to their faith would result in me missing out on life’s pleasures. I decided to postpone my total commitment to God until I had experienced and ‘enjoyed’ life as per societal norms. As time passed and life unfolded in its unpredictable manner, I realized that my earlier decision was misguided. The enjoyment I sought in worldly experiences paled in comparison to the peace and fulfillment I found in spiritual commitment.
Several stories from the bible also give us examples:
The Book of Ecclesiastes: The author, often believed to be King Solomon, explores various paths to satisfaction and fulfillment, including wealth, pleasure, work, and wisdom. He concludes that these pursuits are meaningless and transient. True fulfillment is a divine gift, rooted in simple pleasures and acknowledging God’s sovereignty.
The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:16-21): This parable tells the story of a rich man who, after a plentiful harvest, decides to build larger barns to store his crops and goods. He plans to relax, eat, drink, and be merry. However, God tells him that he will die that very night, asking him who will then enjoy all the wealth he has stored up. This story emphasizes the futility of worldly pleasures and the importance of being rich towards God.
Blessings in Surrender
Yielding completely to the Lord will only cause you to live life to its fullest. Here are some benefits that go with the status or the position we have when we yield our lives fully to Him according to Psalms 103:1-6 KJV A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: (3) Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; (4) Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; (5) Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's. (6) The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
Heals all our Diseases.
Redeems our life from destruction.
Crowns us with Loving kindness and tender mercies
Satisfies our mouths with good things.
Renews our youth like the Eagles.
Executes righteous judgment for us.
So why hesitate? When it gets right down to it, we really have nothing to lose.
Life is full of choices, and the decision to live for Christ is the most important one we can make. While the world may offer fleeting pleasures, the fulfillment and joy that come from a relationship with God are unparalleled. Let's not let the fear of missing out on worldly pleasures rob us of the eternal joy and satisfaction that comes from knowing God. Embrace a life of faith, free from FOMO, and experience the true depth and breadth of God’s blessings.
We'd love to hear your reflections on this topic. Have you experienced FOMO in your spiritual journey? How have you overcome it? Share your thoughts and related experiences in the comments section below. Remember, together in faith, we grow and uplift one another. God bless you all!