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March 23, 2020

Social Media - FOMO & The Next Big Thing

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

This 3 part series is a breakdown of the talk Hannah shared at the 2018 Womens Luncheon in Florida, “Strong Women: Balancing the Distractions & Reclaiming Our Time” featuring her takeaways from the book “12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You” by Tony Reinke. Our phones are incredibly useful, but like anything else they can become a major source of distraction if we let them.

We all know that social media is just the highlight reel, and that the psychological effects of seeing only the best and most perfect things can be crippling if we unintentionally let ourselves slip into the comparison trap. Thankfully there has been a movement growing to keep things more real. However, it is still a fact that social media can mess with our minds and warp our identity if we let it start to impact our self-worth.

We crave the instant gratification and approval that each “like” brings. Personally, I have had to turn off instagram notifications on my phone because that sense of instant gratification became a little too strong.

We are image bearers of Christ, bought with a price and created for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). Instant gratification doesn’t bring lasting joy, knowing our identity does.

FOMO is so real. It’s why we constantly click from app to app, we don’t want to miss seeing what's happening. We fear feeling disconnected. But as we have already said, that becomes a vicious cycle. Our culture is hyperfocused on staying up to date with THE NEXT BIG THING - we have to constantly check Twitter to know the news!

But as women of faith, we have to stay rooted in knowing that the biggest news of all is the gospel: we are sinners and can’t save ourselves, but God sent his son Jesus to live a sinless life on earth and die on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, and through him we are forgiven and can have eternal life - all we have to do is confess our sins, ask for forgiveness, and give our lives to him.

THAT needs to drive our every action and the way we interact with the world around us, rather than the breaking news du jour. We can’t let FOMO and The Next Big Thing distract us from the truth of the gospel.

Prayer: Father, keep my heart focused on the truth of who You are and who You made me to be. Let me identity be rooted in you rather than being swayed by the approval of others. Help me to keep the gospel at the center of everything I do.

Suggested Reading: 1 Peter 2:9, Philippians 3:20, Romans 12:2

Hannah Sneed

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Largo, FL 33773

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