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Posted On 01/21/2016

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You choose who you are. That is one of the great liberties of life. But when you are feeling left out, choosing God isn’t always what you might be thinking about. At some point, you are going to have to choose between God and something, whether it’s popularity, relationships, reputation, or whatever. There are consequences to what you choose and they all have consequences. Some good, some bad. Popularity or fitting in will never give you the consequences you want.
How often do you make a bad decision to be cool? We shouldn’t let FOMO control us or make our decisions for us. Being close to God is such a greater award than hanging out with people who aren’t going to bring you closer to Him.
In Genesis 3, Adam ate the fruit from the tree after Eve. He didn’t want to be left out, and the devil beat them. When we are tempted and we choose other things over God, Satan is behind it and nothing truly good is going to come of it. Temporary satisfaction from making bad decisions won’t benefit you, and will lead you away from God.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12|2) Don’t conform to the world and look for satisfaction from worldly things because of FOMO. Being popular, above other people, getting in bad relationships, or lying isn’t God’s will or his plan for us.
Another good thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need anybody’s approval except God’s. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1|10) When you choose to get involved with something you shouldn’t, are you just looking for someone’s approval? Our  decisions are going to affect us and we should choose to focus on God.
Tiphani Obama’s writings are significant to students in high school and will help students take a closer look at sermons in StuCo. She grew up in South East Michigan with her brother and two sisters and goes to Brighton High School. She plays tenor saxophone in band and likes cocoa puffs. Her goal is to help people take next steps with God.

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