By Sharon Wilson
I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7
I received a Fitbit for Mother’s Day. This little tool tracks my steps, my sleep and if I input the information, it tracks my calorie intake also. This tracking device comes in a variety of brands and names and no; this is not a commercial endorsement but a reflection on how this little tool has changed my life.
Here is how it works. If I make my daily goal of 10,000 steps I get a congratulatory e-mail and a buzz on my wrist device to give me an “Atta boy!” It is amazing what I will do for a little atta boy or girl as in my case! The positive reinforcement and reminders have been a good thing to keep me on track with my fitness goals. We have become a Fitbit family now since I bought my son one for his birthday and my husband one for Father’s Day. Our daily routine includes Fitbit challenges with family and friends trying to outdo one another in daily goals! With our good natured family competition, our evening greeting has now become – “How many steps did you get?” instead of “Hi honey, I am home.”
Recently I read an opinion piece saying “You don’t own your Fitbit – it owns you!” While it may be true that I get a cheap thrill when I get my congratulations e-mail or if I am at 9500 steps at the end of the day I choose to walk around the living room or find reasons to jaunt over to the neighbor’s house just to make my 10,000 steps, my Fitbit doesn’t own me! At least I don’t think so.
Unlike the critical article about how the Fitbit owns me, I feel the Fitbit is doing its job. The goal is to change some of my bad behavior into good behavior. This started me wondering if this same process could be used to help me have a more “fit” spiritual life.
Instead of putting on my Fitbit each day – How do I put on Christ each day to make Him a priority in my life?
Instead of reminding me to take my 10,000 steps each day – How can I be reminded to pray my 10 minutes a day?
Simple reminders and small changes in behavior can make big changes in my overall well-being physically and spiritually. Since I need prompts and support, I am trying to attach a spiritual devotion or reminder to everyday things.
Here are a few:
- I place a picture and a prayer card next to the mirror in my bathroom and pray when I brush my teeth.
- I wear a cross necklace and when I absently grab it and fiddle with it, I silently place into God’s hands the worries I am fretting about.
- When my Fitbit buzzes and I have reached my goal – I move my thoughts to the great gratitude I have for all God has given me.
- Included in my Fitbit challenges are text messages of love, support and prayers for family and friends.
- I have even included a walk to the adoration chapel on a weekly basis to have some time to “recharge.”
Living out your faith every day doesn’t need to be hard or complicated but like my overall physical health, big changes can happen over time with little adjustments on a daily basis. What devices and supports can you put into place to up your game?