The Fear of Missing Out

by Pastor Nikki Ragush

Today, more than ever in our culture we can see all the fun things that others are doing and many times focus on the boring things we must do. Recently in our young adults study we were talking about this idea called the “Fear Of Missing Out”. Maybe you’ve run into the situation where you ask them their plans for the weekend, and as they begin to tell you all the exciting plans they have you begin to turn a bit green, and wished you’d never asked them in the first place. Many people today are on social media at an increasing rate and as we look at social media more we get a pulse on the happenings of people’s lives. But, most people don’t post pictures of the monotonous things they do, instead they post pictures of their exciting adventures so all we see of their lives is fun and excitement. There is no issue with fun and excitement but the question is how much time do we spend thinking about other people’s lives and forgetting about our own.

Psalms 73:1-3

1God is indeed good to Israel,
to those who have pure hearts.
But I had nearly lost confidence;
my faith was almost gone
because I was jealous of the proud
when I saw that things go well for the wicked.

This verse is specifically talking about the troubles that many people have when they see others profit in life but find struggle within their own lives. The question though is not who deserves what in life, our good deeds and lifestyle should not be for the sake of receiving great reward. The question instead is what can we be thankful for in our lives? In Scripture it makes it clear that we are all sinner so truly none of us deserve to be forgiven but we all have the opportunity. As we spend more time being thankful for what we do have, our desire for what other have will diminish. There is a one song that reminds me that even the breath in our lungs is something that we can be thankful for. There are times I struggle with desiring the opportunities others have, but we have been made specifically the way we are for reasons that God understands. I hope today you can enjoy this song, and find thankfulness in the good things that God is doing in your life, as I challenge myself to do also.


Pastor Nikki