ORANGE TIP: FOMO – Fear of missing out…
Initially when the pandemic struck I was mourning the loss of a lot of things: social outings, in-person church services, shopping, restaurants, seeing new movie releases in cinema etc. I was missing out on everything! It was hard to let go of all the things I thought I couldn’t live without, that I was essentially now being forced to. I then began to realise that everyone was in the same boat and we were all missing out – so FOMO really didn’t and to an extent, still doesn’t apply now nor controls me.
But as our restrictions ease, I have started to worry that my FOMO will return back stronger than ever and will thrust me back into the busy life I was living before. However, I’ve learnt that missing out and sometimes saying no to things will not kill me. I haven’t died since this all began and I won’t die from missing out on an event or saying no to something after restrictions ease either.
This time over the last couple of months that I have spent investing in my new marriage and family (plants included!), in others, in my personal and professional growth, and more importantly in my relationship with the Lord Jesus has been invaluable! I would not trade it for anything, and if I’m honest it really would not have happened to this extent if not for COVID. This season has reshaped my focus and helped me to see what is really important. I want to choose to put these things first moving forward. If investing in my family, friends, mentees, ministries and in my relationship with Jesus means I need to say no or miss out on other things sometimes, then so be it. I won’t die and it will more than likely be for the best!
I hope this season has reminded you and your family of what is most important too. My prayer is that as restrictions ease and life sort of goes back to ‘normal’, that we would all keep the important things as our priorities and not compromise them for a fear of missing out.
What is ‘Orange’? Orange is a visual reminder that to help our kids follow Jesus the church and families need to work together.
If RED represents the love and heart of families for their kids… And YELLOW represents the light that the church should be in the world… Then ORANGE is when we come together, work together and guide our children together.
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