Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost - Sunday, September 15, 2019
Fear of missing out – commonly abbreviated FOMO in text messages and on social media – has become a common phrase among younger generations in our country. Fear of missing out. If your friends are doing something and you’re not there, you might miss out on something and regret it forever, and so the phrase is used to tease people who make great sacrifices to be there anyway. Even though the phrase is probably used most in social settings among friends, the sense behind it certainly isn’t limited to that. Fear of missing out can be a big motivator in other parts of life too that have nothing to do with social life. If you are offered a new job or a different position and you waffle back and forth for too long…the job might be offered to someone else instead and you might miss out. If you wait too long to start a project, you might not be able to finish it in time, and you miss out. The social aspect of the phrase might be somewhat new, but the general idea behind it isn’t new at all. Phrases like “Strike while the iron’s hot,” “Early bird gets the worm,” “Snooze you lose” have been around for a long time. The ancient Roman poet Horace coined the phrase “carpe diem” – seize the day – to communicate the very same idea! When opportunity comes, take it, because that opportunity might not come along again! Don’t miss out!
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