FOMO is popular slang for the feeling of anxiety over the possibility of missing out on something, such as an event or an opportunity. This, in part, may explain why being disconnected from the online world is such a stressful thought for many these days. Anxiety seems to have found its way into the fabric of our modern culture. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting around 40 million adults — almost 1 in 5 people according to an article by Tim Newman in Medical News Today.

God offers options. Think about the possibility of being connected to an all wise, [all knowing God who loves you], knows you, and can guide you to the best life possible. Not a life that is free of problems but a life where you are teamed up with God to face each day's challenges. This not only includes this life but eternity. We do not have to ever fear missing out!

God also offers a daily remedy to anxiety. It’s prayer! His invitation is to bring all our worries and anxious thoughts to him. This humble prayer has a tone of faith-filled thankfulness to it, which anticipates God being at work even if we can’t see the results yet.

In exchange, God offers a peace that calms us in a way that people will not be able to understand. People will ask, “How can you be so calm?” We just have to be willing to take God up on his offer.

Father God, thank you for your gracious invitation to live in a relationship with you that allows me to be guided and directed by you not only here on this planet but for all eternity. Thank you that I can come to you each day with all my concern, worries and anxious thoughts. In exchange you give me your peace that is not available anywhere else. It is so good to know you are able to take it all. Thank you! Amen.

Go Deeper — Ask yourself honestly: Am I missing out because I’m not confident in God’s love and wisdom? Do I carry worry and anxiety rather than take advantage of God’s offer? Am I 100% confident I have been given the gift of eternal life?

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