FOMO

Do you have a FOMO?  Lots of people do.  If you do not know what a FOMO is you have no fear of missing out.  Oops – that’s exactly what a FOMO is.  It is a Fear Of Missing Out. It is one of the new word accepted by the OED (Oxford English Dictionary). I am learning to talk text-talking.

The word has worked it’s way into our dictionary as the phenomenon of missing out is becoming a real problem. Those into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., fear of missing a message or tidbit of information is upsetting.  To some it has become a source of real anxiety, a disorder.

You see it at Christmas or with the introduction of the next I-phone or grand opening of a Cabela store.  People do not want to miss out… so they camp out… often in the cold, the rain, the snow.  They have FOMO!  Some arrive at the airport 6 hours early for a flight because they have FOMO.  Some will never miss a meeting. At elders/deacons meetings if you miss we put you in charge of something!

For many the FOMO has died.  Hebrews 10:24-25: …do not neglect to meet together, as is the habit of some…  For those that the book of Hebrews was written to they had lost their FOMO. They could miss services and it not bother them.

I must confess I have a FOMO. I have a fear of missing out of Heaven.  I do not want to be lost. I don’t want the pearly gates to be closed and find myself on the outside. The fear of missing heaven strikes a very real fear in me.  As it did the apostle Paul: I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air; I pommel my body and subdue it, least after preaching to others I myself should be lost.