I knew Zachary needed a nap. I knew his three-year-old body necessitated time to recharge. I also knew if I could get him to sleep that he’d be the last one up when nap time ended.
Though I knew Zachary’s body demanded this time of rest, he suffered from a condition that I too suffer from. Zachary and I both suffer from FOMO.
So though Zachary looked like he was laying still on his mat while I rubbed his back, he tapped his pointer finger ever so gently in an effort to keep himself awake.
I don’t know what Zachary thought he was missing out on. He wouldn’t have gotten much out of our discussions of lesson plans and curriculum while my assistant and I cut out what seemed like an endless stack of construction paper. And while Zachary might have gotten a sneak peek at an upcoming project, as his teacher I had a plan for him to experience it all.
If you haven’t guessed, FOMO is a fear of missing out. Maybe it’s a fear you suffer from too?
For Zachary FOMO manifested itself in trying to avoid nap time. But a couple of weeks into the school year, I discovered that instead of rubbing Zachary’s back I could gently lay my hand over his tapping finger to get him to take the nap his tired body needed.
For me FOMO manifests itself in signing up for webinars and seminars in the hope I will learn something transforming. My fear keeps me searching for productivity tips so I can fit more in. My fear of missing out keeps my schedule full and my margins slim.
My fear of missing out also means I sometimes miss out on the important things in life … the things that happen in the margins of our days. Things like long conversations instead of a hurried sharing of facts. Pauses to stop and appreciate the beauty in our days.
“Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him to help you do it, and He will.” Psalm 37:4 TLB
I’m trying to overcome my biggest fear. So rather than suffering from the fear of missing out, I’m trusting my Teacher has a plan for me to learn and grow. I’m realizing I don’t need to chase the transformation because if there’s something I need to know, God will lead me to it and help me do it.
If you suffer from the fear of missing out, won’t you join me in committing to live a life that reflects God’s heart as we trust Him to lead and help us. He promises us He will.
Rest in His presence.