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Fitbit Fake-out
January 25, 2020, 1:10 PM

 

 

Fitbit’s and the Apple watch have developed into something so much more than what the original pedometer set out to be. They have progressed into things of the 007 type technology. Watches you can use as a phone, a camera, radio, personal trainer, and that can even tell you when your heart is out of rhythm have become the common accessory to any outfit. This year for Christmas each of my daughter’s received a Fitbit. I’m not sure which model it is but I know it can play music and keep up with their activity level. One day shortly after Christmas, we were riding home from Dallas and Emily was riding shotgun and the kids were in the backseat. It was about a 2-hour drive and everyone was quite tired so naturally, when there was no sound coming from the back seats, I assumed the kids were asleep. I had drifted off into deep thought when all of the sudden, in unison, both girls sat up in their seats and began shaking their arms frantically. My initial though was that somehow a swarm of bees had gotten in the car. Then having turned to look at them, I could tell by the smiles on their faces it couldn’t be anything too serious. Just when I was about to pull the car over and investigate one of the girls screamed out, “I need 12 more!” The other then replied back a similar number and Emily looked at me with a smile on her face and informed me that their Fitbit’s had prompted them to get their steps for the hour. Emily and I shared a laugh between us as to how the girls were able to reach their hourly goal without getting their steps. All they had to do was move their arms in a manner so that the Fitbit thought they were walking. I thought, “man, how many times have I done that?”, except in my faith walk not a Fitbit. I can get in the habit of staying busy and have the appearance of doing a lot of “Christian” things when all I’m really doing is the equivalent of shaking my arm. Especially in seasons of life like I am in currently. I have church work, preaching and teaching 3 times a week, school work for my Master’s degree, family life that includes 3 very busy children, trying to be a good husband and father, and maintaining a personal relationship with God. In all of the busyness it’s easy for me to get to the point where I’m sometimes just going through the motions and the only thing I’m accomplishing is wearing myself out, regardless how productive I may appear. I don’t think I’m the only person that can relate to the “Fitbit Fake-out.” If you struggle with this like I do, remember to incorporate 3 spiritual disciplines in your daily walk to help prevent this aspect of futility. Solitude, prayer, and meditation. Get alone, preferably in the morning before the days gets crazy, meditate on God’s Word and who He is, and pray for the things on your heart. There are examples of these found throughout Scripture and I can promise you that if you will practice these disciplines daily, or at least somewhat regular, you will find an improved faith walk and become much more productive. They are called disciplines for a reason and it takes discipline to keep them as a part of a consistent routine. There is something about sweet communion with the God of the universe that nothing in this life can replace.

 

Robert