This Christmas I got a Fitbit as a gift. Actually I bought it for myself after Emma got one for Christmas and then convinced me that a fitness tracker is fun. Also I ate like two whole chocolate pies during the week of Christmas, so anything to encourage fitness is not a bad idea at this point.
So now I’m learning how to do life with this thing tracking my every move. Literally. It tracks my steps, distance, sleep, flights of stairs, heart rate, calories and it even tells the time. Mostly it’s just interesting to see your life represented in data form, but there is also an added bonus that, against all of my expectations, this little thing is motivating. It actually works!
When it buzzes and tells me that I’m halfway to my goal, I get really excited and it makes me want to walk another 5,000 steps.
I was talking with Emma yesterday, saying that I was going to write my blog about my Fitbit and make a joke about wanting to invent the faithbit. You know, something that you could wear to keep track of the number of Bible verses read that day, total minutes spent in prayer, length of daily witnessing, etc. something that would buzz and remind you to do two more good deeds before lunch to earn your Good Samaritan Badge. I have more ideas for this, but I’ll spare you from them.
As silly as this is, I do believe that we need to be held accountable, because if you’re anything like me then you know it’s easy to get distracted from serving God by flashy things like a Fitbit. While I know I would rather have a robot do this accountability for me, because robots are awesome, I am glad for the people in my life who keep me on track and nudge me in the right direction when I need it.
I hope you have someone to keep you accountable. Having people in your life that encourage you and help you when you need a little nudge or even some tough love can be life changing.
Don’t try to do this alone. We weren’t meant to be alone, and I hope you find someone to help you beat your faith goals each day. Sometimes it’s that simple.
Have a wonderful week my friends!