Day 12: Friday, January 22, 2016
Join us every day as we develop the spiritual habit of reading God’s Word – The Divine Map and learn to follow the Divine Guide – the Holy Spirit as He navigates us through the confusing times we live with clarity and peace.
THE DIVINE MAP READING
Navigate Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“Be still and know that I am God….”
Do you suffer from FOMO? It’s The Fear of Missing Out. It can affect anyone of us and seems to be contagious in our social media-driven culture today. One definition describes FOMO like this:
The intensely annoying act of being psychologically and physically compelled to open social networking or email applications at inappropriate times. Significantly the FOMO phenomena generally occurs during mid-conversation with friends and loved ones, usually resulting in the individual/s involved in the conversation, that are not afflicted with FOMO, experiencing isolated incidents of intense rage.
Few things can create more confusion and frustration than FOMO. It disables us from enjoying the moment and fills us with a sense of discontentment. Consumed by the fear that we may be missing out on something else, we miss what is right before us. If we are to find clarity for decisions and contentment in our relationships, the Psalmists says we must learn to be still. I call it the art of being all there – wherever you are. Being all there isn’t always easy, but it’s also not complicated. It takes just two steps:
- A conscious effort to clear your mind of outside distractions. (Turn off your cell phone.)
- Focus on what you’re doing or with whom you’re speaking, and step into that person’s world with your full attention.
Jesus provides a great example for us on how to live in the moment. Despite the masses that crowded around Him, He lived intentionally, giving His undivided attention to individuals in need whether it was a blind beggar or a woman caught in adultery. When you think about His life, you are struck by the quality of His presence with others that gave them value and demonstrated His love for them.
If you suffer from FOMO, practice the art of being still. Remove any distractions in your prayer time and focus on God. Ask Him to teach you how to be content in any circumstance. When you know that He is God, you won’t be anxious about missing out on anything that He desires for you.
- What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
- In what ways can you apply the practical steps offered as an antidote to FOMO in today’s devotional? How is that impacting your relationships with others? … with God? Chart the changes you begin to see.