I see people get so excited about their Fitbit or other activity tracker, proudly showing off all it will do and how it encourages them to be physically active. A Fitbit can notify us each hour to take a stroll if we haven’t taken 250 steps in that hour; it can track physical activity, the calories from food we ate, how many calories we’ve burned, and how we slept. Now, before anyone thinks this is an endorsement for Fitbit – it is not; I have a mixed relationship with electronic gadgets; I think I’ll leave it at that and get back to the subject.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Spiritual Fitbit? One that notifies us hourly if we have not yet offered up 250 words of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and adoration; or tracks our spiritual life so we know when we are right on track or starting drift so we can correct course before we stray far. What about tracking our daily intake of the Bread of Life and Living Water to see if we’ve had sufficient quantity to avoid becoming spiritually anemic?
A Fitbit will also notify us of an incoming call and can even display a text message. How nice that would be so we don’t miss the Lord wanting to speak to us. And, then there is the alarm, no more missing church because we overslept or sleeping through the sermon when it vibrates to say we haven’t moved in the last hour.
With knowing our physical activity the Fitbit can track our progress and send us cheers for milestones along the way. What if our spiritual tracker told us how many we have witnessed to in the day or the week; would we be motivated to talk more about the Lord, and be about His business, if we were to see our progress in black and white throughout the day on a monitor?
Then there is the heart rate monitor. What if our monitor displayed our temperament status, how our spiritual fruit is doing; would that be a good thing?
I’m fairly confident technology will not develop a Spiritual Fitbit, but actually we don’t need it, we have something far better – He’s called Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit knows more about us than a tracker ever could and we don’t have to program Him or charge His batteries. We do need to understand how He operates, how to hear his voice, and to recognize His promptings. Thankfully we have been given a Manual, the Bible, and a private line to the Author to talk to Him free of charge. We should be aware of all the advantages there is to having Holy Spirit in our life; He will be our guide, teacher, comforter, encourager, counselor and more. Want to know how fit you are spiritually, talk to Him. Want reminders to pray, promptings and boldness to share Jesus, just ask Him for it.
Let’s all strive be spiritually fit?