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I Can’t Live Without It

By Don Loftis | 07.03.18

Jim Faughn recently brought to my attention a new widespread fear known as nomophobia.  Typical symptoms include dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, and accelerated heart rate.  If not addressed, it can lead to diminished concentration, moodiness, insomnia and relational isolation.


My online dictionary defines nomophobia as “the irrational fear of being without your mobile phone or being unable to use your phone for some reason, such as the absence of a signal or running out of minutes or battery power.”  In short, nomophobia is the fear of losing the ability to access instant information and communication.  Few of us would want to dispose of  our cell phones or e-mail, but this new fear is indicative of the addictive qualities many things possess.


I wonder if many people have a fear of losing their connection to Jesus. Some would never miss it, because they never had it.  As Christians, how would we feel, if there was a “break” in our prayer life?  Do we fear a growing distance in our relationship with God?  Do we ever feel a sense of personal uselessness within the kingdom of God?


Sometimes we sing a hymn that contains the question, “If heaven’s not my home, then Lord what will I do?”  Our greatest concerns in life need to be spiritual rather than physical.  Let’s remember that losing a cell phone is inconvenient and costly, but losing our relationship with God (and its secure hope) is catastrophic.  What is it that you can’t live without?



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