Daily Devotional – 6/1/16 “FOBO Syndrome!”

With a new month upon us, it’s only right that I ask this question … “What are you doing?” What are you doing with your spirituality, yourself, your family, your job and your talents? We’re six months in now, anything changed? Have you seen some improvement from January or are you still waiting? Or could it possibly be, you’re fearful? I’m only asking because we will allow fear to run us. I’ve been hearing this commercial (a lot lately) from HH Gregg that says the lady wanted to buy new appliances but she had FOBO, which stands for Fear of Better Options. And of course, this piqued my interest because a lot of us are walking around with this same syndrome. Yea, we suffer from FOBO because we are scared that we might actually get something better. Think about it. You won’t let that no good man or woman go because you’ve become comfortable in the situation of not really having to tap into who you really are and you’re afraid you might just find someone who’ll treat you like you’re supposed to be treated. You’re still holding on at that place of worship because you are afraid that you may go somewhere else and find what you’ve been needing spiritually. You’re staying at that job because you’re afraid you may just get the career that actually utilizes your skills. You’re afraid of going to another doctor because he or she may just be better than the one you’ve been seeing for the last 15 years. Yes, you have the FOBO syndrome. You are afraid of better options.

It’s like this. The washing machine you’ve had for 22 years breaks down. You go into the appliance store and have the option to get the same model you’ve had or an upgrade for the same price. Now, you’re actually standing there trying to decide. Why? Because you’re used to the old model, you know how it works and you’re fearful of getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new. You’re not looking at the fact they don’t even make parts for the old one anymore, you want what you’re comfortable with. You are fearful of something better. Why tho? Don’t you believe you are worthy and deserve better? Then why are you afraid of better? I don’t know about you but I serve a God who says if I ask in faith, I shall receive that which I ask for. So, every day I seek better because I know I deserve better. And so do you. Why do you think cars, electronics, houses and etc. are upgraded constantly? It’s because things change. Of course, not all changes are good but the majority are and we shouldn’t be fearful of them. This is why we seek knowledge, to become better. The bible says in Joshua 1:9, “This is my command–be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” God gives us the strength to overcome fear, we have to tap into it. Stop allowing your ideas, your vision, your work, your talents to be swept aside all because you are fearful of something better. There’s a remedy for this syndrome, it’s God!

Published by Pastor LaKisha

LaKisha Johnson is an author of thirty Christian Fiction novels, devotionals and journals. She writes from her heart, as she hopes the messages, on the pages, will relate to every reader.  Ask her and she’ll tell you, ”It’s not just writing, its ministry.” Over the course of her career, she’s won the 2018 Drunken Druid Book of the Year Award for her book, The Forgotten Wife, 2019 Top Shelf Christian Fiction Book of the Year for Dear God: Hear my Prayer, 2020 Distinguished Authors Guild Award for her book, I’m Not Crazy and was a 2020 TopShelf Women’s Fiction Finalist for her book, When the Vows Break. In addition to being a self-published author, she’s also a wife of 22 years, mother of 2, Asst. Pastor of Macedonia MB Church in Hollywood, MS; Sr. Business Analyst with FedEx, Devotional Blogger and more. She’s a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in IT and a Bachelor of Science in Bible.   LaKisha writes from the heart, and this is why she doesn’t take the credit for what God does. If you were to strip away everything, you’d see that Lakisha is simply a woman who boldly, unapologetically and gladly loves and works for God.

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