FEAR OF MISSING OUT.
It usually refers to missing out on social gatherings, feeling like everyone else is doing better things than you are, or just missing out on seeing what’s happening on social media. FOMO may sound silly, but it is all too real. It can cause us to needlessly worry or even contribute to feelings of anxiety and depression. It can rob us of our ability to feel content in our own circumstances.
What we need to remember is that we are each living our own life and are on our own different journeys. We cannot compare our mundane day-to-day moments to other people’s most exciting, carefully curated moments.
But what if we all had eternal FOMO? A fear of missing out on the eternal blessings our Heavenly Father has in store for us?
Finding Our Divine Purpose
Patricia Holland shared in her book, A Quiet Heart, “I do believe deeply that God made each of us for an individually tailored and divine purpose… Because this is true, I believe we will have peace to the degree that we are less envious of others’ situations, less threatened by others’ accomplishments, less concerned with others’ progress, and more concerned with God’s divine will for us.”
Let us try to embrace and figure out God’s purpose for us, instead of needlessly comparing our journeys to others. We should all feel a more urgent fear of missing out on the great blessings Heavenly Father wants us to have.
Example of Potential Blessings
Marion G. Romney said, “I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of revelation will increase, mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the council of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity – the pure love of Christ – will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.”
Revelation, respect, consideration, loving and wise parents, responsive and submissive children, righteousness, peace, joy, happiness…
That pretty well sums up everything I hope for in my life and family. Here we have it, a clear cause and effect promise from an apostle of God. Yet how often do I tirelessly look to others, books, podcasts, Google, and everything else for answers before doing something so simple as consistently studying the Book of Mormon?
Next time I see something on social media and feel like everyone is hanging out without me or question my life choices when I see someone my age who owns their own business, is a Crossfit master, and goes to Bora Bora for the weekend, I will try to instead think:
What can I do to progress on my own personal journey and improve my circumstances?
What am I grateful for that is present in my life right now?
Neill F. Marriott said in her talk, Yielding Our Hearts to God, “If we earnestly appeal to God, He takes us as we are—and makes us more than we ever imagined.”
Heavenly Father can make so much more out of our lives than we can. With him, we can attain greater happiness and peace than we ever could without him. Let’s commit to look to him and ask him what we can do to greater align our will to his.