FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out

He was short in stature and disliked by most.
He worked for today’s version of the IRS and had a very distinct reputation for taking (and keeping) extra money in his collection of taxes.

And I believe he had FOMO.  The fear of missing out.

He was a very curious man.
He didn’t want to miss out on finding out more about this new guy in town that everyone was talking about.

You see, this new guy was causing quite a ruckus.

People were in awe of Him.  It seemed they either loved Him or they hated Him.

And wee-little, curious Zacchaeus just wanted to see him so he could decide for himself.

He needed to decide if he wanted to be associated with this visitor or not.  He needed to have all the information to make his decision but he wanted to be discreet about it.

So he climbed up in this Sycamore tree and was trying to hide when this new fella walked by.  But the new fella was no ordinary guy.  It was Jesus.  And He was already on the lookout for Zacchaeus.

As He walked by the tree, Jesus called Zacchaeus by name and instructed him to climb down and go have dinner with Him.  I can just imagine Zacchaeus.  He was probably scared to death on one hand yet excited on the other that this guy knew his name and wanted to get to know him better!

However, Zacchaeus was also probably a little reluctant because if Jesus knew his name, He probably also knew his reputation.  His sin.

But he climbed down and went anyway.  And I believe Zacchaeus believed Jesus was who He claimed to be and that wee-little Zacchaeus (as the song calls him) started following Jesus and lived a better life.  Luke 19: 8 quotes Zacchaeus as saying he will give half of his possessions to the poor and will pay back anyone he cheated times four.  He believed!!

Are you up in your own Sycamore tree trying to discretely hide from Jesus?
Are you afraid He will know your sin and not love you?
Do have a fear of missing out on heaven?

Jesus is inviting us down from whatever our Sycamore Tree is to get to know Him a little better.  He will forgive any and all of the bad things we have done and will love us with open arms.

Jesus wants no one to have FOMO.  He wants everyone to sit around His table in heaven for all of eternity.

Hold my hand and we’ll climb down together.

 

 

Are You a Sufferer?

I have O.P.D.

It’s a condition that can drive you insane.

Obsession Planning Disorder.  🙂

I plan my to-do list.
I plan my menu.
I plan my day.
I plan my wardrobe.
I plan my cleaning chores.
I plan vacations and goals and my life.
I plan how my refrigerator should be stocked.
I plan how my laundry should be folded and my car organized.

Sometimes I even plan for God.

Do you ever do that?  Tell God how He should do it?  Tell God that your plan is better than His plan?

There is absolutely nothing wrong with planning in general.  As a whole, having a plan from simple to-do lists to bigger yearly goals are all good things.  The problem comes when we become OBSESSIVE about planning because then it becomes more about control.

I find myself slipping over into planning for other people because I think I know best.  I don’t mean it to be control.  I’m just trying to make sure everyone gets the best experience.  Like what am I…..a life coach travel agent?  hahaha  I’ve turned from a helicopter mom trying to remove all obstacles for my kids to a helicopter wife, a helicopter friend, a helicopter coworker.  Well, you get the picture.

I realize that my obsessive planning turned “controlled crazy girl” has seeped into not trusting the Lord because I’m afraid He’s not going to do it right.  Seriously, Deanna?  God not do it right?  Who do I think I am?

Well if you’re a fellow OPD sufferer, I think I found a remedy.  No pills.  No shots.  No treatments.  Just trust.

Proverbs 3:5-6 is my favorite verse:  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.

Simple. Proven. Complete.

It’s not going to be easy but I guarantee you, it will be worth it every. single. planning. moment. of your life!

Hey…Hey…I Need You!

Her sparkling smile, deep dimples and dark curly hair just melted my heart.

And man, those cowboy boots made quite the stomping sound as she glided from adult to adult while waiting for her pizza to arrive.

That little girl captured everyone’s attention with her free spirit and cuteness!

But one thing stuck with me besides the obvious.  At one time she said, “Mommy, I need you.”  “Mommy, I need you.”  “Mommy, I NEED you.”

Mommy stopped her conversation and patiently addressed Miss Adorable, wrapping her arm around her shoulder.  “What is it, honey?  What do you need?”

I have no idea what she needed.  I have no idea how the conversation continued because my mind went straight to Jesus.  How many times have we said, “Jesus, I need you” ?

Time and time again we call out.  Time and time again He patiently stops and wraps His arms around us with grace and says “What is it honey?  What do you need?”

Thank you, Lord for reminding me through the words of the most beautiful little girl, that you are right there waiting for me to admit how much I need you.

And yes I need you.  Oh how I need you.

What’s The Use?

Some days.

How about you?  Are there just some days you feel like throwing in the towel and screaming “what’s the use?”

Over the years, I’ve felt that way with picking up toddler toys, getting teenagers to stop rolling their eyes, making to-do lists for what turns out to be a multi-interruption Saturday and fighting the crashing waves of corporate in my job and every day events of life.

But I must admit, “this too shall pass” came to fruition.  My kids overcame the eye rolling and leaving their belongings on the floor.  Now I miss it.  I long to have them back home in the innocent stages.  Now my Saturdays are much free-er and I sorta crave the drop-by visits of friends to interrupt the long list of hopeful to dos.  I learned a lot during the frustrating days of my job and have grown to really use those lessons to be a better employee.  And I intentionally look for joy in the crazy events of each day.

But the one that seems to be getting worse is the ways of this world.  Every day it seems the devil shows himself deeper and deeper and starts to infiltrate himself into every aspect of life.  He thinks he is winning by causing chaos in the church, the schools, the government, the family and the freedom of our country.  But I am here to assure you that Jesus says, “I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33).

This world certainly has trouble.  All the chaos the devil is causing seems impossible to overcome but when we know Jesus, we have peace.

Revelations 17:14 says:  “They [the enemy] will make war against the Lamb [Jesus], but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with Him will be His called, chosen and faithful followers.”

We are HIS FOLLOWERS.  If you know Jesus, you are His followers.  We are chosen.  Jesus is going to overcome evil and all the devil’s chaos in this world.

Today, my heart is aching for those who don’t know Jesus.  I don’t want anyone to live in chaos and turmoil.  No matter what this world brings.  No matter what the media tells us.  No matter what evil people do and what the devil sneaks into the corners of our world, he will not win.  He will spend eternity in hell; in fire and burning and torture forever and ever and ever.  There will be no end.  We must know Jesus in order to avoid that eternal torture as well.

I try to always be positive in my writing.  And God has laid this writing on my heart today.  I find so much comfort in this Peace.  I want all people to have this Peace.  I want the world to have this Peace.  I want chaos exchanged for this Peace.

Jesus is that Peace.

What’s the use?

Jesus.

Don’t give in.  Don’t give up.  Know Jesus.  Know Peace.

Because if we do, we win in the end!