Devotional for Tuesday January 9th

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Balance”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10 (NIV)

 

Our thought for today: “Fight the FOMO”

 

Are you addicted to your smart phone? Are you connected to social media 24/7? Can anyone get in touch with you at any time in any place for any reason? If so, why do you allow it? Why do you feel the need to be so connected all the time?

 

Our smart phones and other technology provide us with continuous access to not just phone calls, but also to text messages, emails, internet access, and constant Facebook news feeds. Why do we need to (or even want to) stay so connected all the time?

 

FOMO is the “Fear of Missing Out”. It’s the fear that there’s an adorable video on Facebook of a momma monkey holding a baby monkey in her lap (complete with diaper and baby bonnet), she’s feeding it with a bottle, stroking it’s head, and lovingly gazing at her little baby. All of your friends have seen the video, they’re chuckling and cooing about it, but you haven’t seen it yet. You’re missing out. Or a group of friends are going to hang out later and they want you to join them. But if you don’t have your phone so you can take the call or receive the text, you could be missing out.

 

The Fear Of Missing Out – on anything – is what has caused so many of us to become so compulsive and obsessive about staying connected. But seriously, what are we gaining by allowing the world to have constant access to our minds and hearts like that? The answer is “not much”. We’re not gaining much. In fact we’re losing peace of mind. More and more studies are showing that excessive interaction with social media creates increased levels of anxiety, it raises blood pressure, and it actually results in a decrease in a person’s overall quality of life. Technology often creates an imbalance in our lives.

 

Also, staying constantly connected to social media like that crowds out God. Our minds remain focused on phone calls and text messages and video streams and snap chats, and there is little quiet time for God to speak to our mind and whisper to our heart. That’s what we’re missing out on. We’re losing peaceful meditative reflective time with God.

 

We don’t need to be better connected to social media we need to be better connected to Jesus. Social media doesn’t improve our lives, Jesus does. In John 10:10 Jesus reminds us that He offers us life in all its fullness. The connection we need is with Him. If you’re going to be in fear of missing out on something it should be the fear of missing out on time with Jesus.

 

I encourage you today to fight the fear of missing out. Lose the phone and find the Lord.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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