Could You Be Missing Out?
by Debbie W. Wilson
My young friend ticked off the activities her family crammed into Christmas. They had more holiday traditions than the Okefenokee has mosquitoes.
During the holidays, FOMO—Fear Of Missing Out—can hook the unsuspecting. We think more is—well, more, and less means—bless your heart; you missed out.
Did you know the term holiday originally meant “holy day” and heck is a euphemism for hell? In that light, “hectic” and “holidays” don’t fit together.
How do we throw off this unholy bondage?
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28 NIV).
One year my responsibilities crushed me. Not only did I have holiday baking and gifts to buy, wrap, and mail, I had to prepare a workshop for the week after Christmas. One afternoon, as I wrote down the burdens I carried, I pictured handing each one to Jesus. I reaffirmed that the season was about pleasing Him, not my to-do list. This process alone lifted my spirit. But what happened next astounded me.
That afternoon an appointment unexpectedly canceled. I zipped to a nearby mall. It was like an unseen guide directed me to just the right gifts for all my out-of-town family. And the stores gift-wrapped. This happened in a brief timespan!
If a busy holiday schedule is hampering your time with Jesus, ask Him to help you make time for Him. When we live in sync with Jesus, we won’t miss what matters most. And we’re able to give Jesus and our loved ones the gift of presence.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me . . . and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29-30 NIV)
Drawing from her walk with Christ and decades as a Christian counselor and Bible teacher, Debbie W. Wilson helps women enjoy grace-filled lives. She is the author of Little Women, Big God and Give Yourself a Break. Her latest book, Little Faith, Big God, releases February 2020. Connect at debbieWwilson.com.