So I’m starting to think this “silly little thing” I joke about having called FOMO (fear of missing out) is more of a legit fear than I give it credit for. After going analog all weekend + being left alone with my thoughts I realize this FEAR is real.
It makes me feel not enough. Not good enough, productive enough, fun or popular enough. It makes me worry that I’m not giving my kids the best childhood memories I can (or “should”) give them and the list goes on…
This is magnified then with social media when I can visibly see what amazing adventures everyone else is on! We “should” be doing “that” instead of sitting home in our pjs all day (says my inner voice) but ya know what? that day we needed to rest. and there’s freedom when we embrace the story God is writing for US.
There is freedom that comes with living the life God has for us! For you too.
This weekend I decided to quiet that inner voice by logging out of social media – and the results? Magical!
Instead of caring + comparing what everyone else was doing, I just focused on US, and what fun we could make for our little family! I wasn’t experiencing something awesome with my kids while also crafting my instagram caption in my head- I was just present!
We had so much fun distraction free that I want to do it every weekend [let’s be honest, it won’t happen though]. I even read books for 5+ hours Saturday and am now dreaming again in a new way– dreaming the dreams God has for ME without fear. Staci Eldridge says in her book Becoming Myself.…
“fear makes us retreat, love causes us to advance”
One of my “whys” for social media is to document our families lives so I won’t stop posting, I just want to be more intentional with living in the freedom that is avaliable to all who believe.
there’s something so freeing about freedom. When I’m free from this fear of missing out, I’m free to enjoy my life and my family! I’m free also to celebrate all the amazing things other people do.
All of a sudden I see their God story in a new light: not out of jealousy, or envy, or fear that they got it right and I didn’t…but freedom to love! and to celebrate! this is the way to live, in TRUE freedom. “for freedom Christ set us free” – Galatians 5:!
what do you fear? how could letting go + surrendering that fear allow you to LIVE MORE FREE??