Countering Fear of Missing Out
“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. … You are exalted as head over all. … In Your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.”
My schedule had ballooned, leaving me fighting for air. Though I managed to juggle all my demands and responsibilities, I made numerous errors and often felt anxious.
My relationship with Christ was suffering. In my rush to tackle one task after the other, my prayer time shifted from treasured soul care to an obligation squeezed into my already crammed day.
Though I claimed God’s sovereignty over my present and future, my choices, my will—became my god. When I evaluated the root of my busyness, it came down to this: Fear of missing out. Fear that if I said no to a particular opportunity, I was potentially robbing myself of something good that could lead to something better.
My schedule revealed my priorities—my true gods. But perhaps most convicting, my stress and fears revealed what I truly believed about God, His heart, and ability to care for me.
That realization empowered me to make changes. I analyzed my thought processes and the things that caused anxiety in light of truth, and I asked God to center me in reality.
Here’s reality—God is in control.
Scripture tells me God has a plan for me and will continually guide me toward it. So long as I’m diligently seeking Him and His will and align my schedule accordingly, all will be well.
Because God is bigger than any obstacle or setback I might face, and no matter how things might appear today, in the end, He wins.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries. She writes for Crosswalk, is the author of eight contemporary novels, and helped write Wholly Loved’s Bible study based on the life of Sarai (Gen. 12-23) titled Becoming His Princess, releasing in the spring/summer of 2019. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall outings with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com.
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