For Christmas in 2015 my wife and I gave each other personal fitness trackers. These are tools that you wear on your wrist and the tracker will keep count of the number of steps that you take during the day, the miles that you walk, the number of calories you burn, your heart rate, the number of floors that you climb, and the quality of your sleep (among other things). Our goal was to use these trackers to get in better physical shape in 2016. Certain targets are helpful to form daily goals. For example, taking 10,000 steps a day is a goal for getting more exercise.
After one year of using this tracker, I figured something out. Having the tracker does not take the steps for you! You still have to get up out of the recliner, put down the remote, and go take a walk! But we have also seen how having the tracker is a constant reminder to improve our level of activity. Also, sharing this experience with someone else encourages both of us to do better. During the day we will now ask one another, “So how many steps do you have so far?” That often leads to taking another walk.
As I have learned about a fitness tracker for physical health, that has also made me wonder about tracking spiritual health. What are things that I can do that would be like the spiritual version of taking 10,000 steps? Maybe a spiritual fitness tracker would be a good idea for us to try this year. Here are my suggestions for things that we can do which open the door of opportunity for God to do amazing work in our lives. Think of these ideas and metrics as the spiritual equivalent of taking 10,000 steps per day:
- Worship with the Body of Christ – At least once per week.
- Bible reading – One chapter of the Bible a day.
- Prayer – spend time every day with God.
- Community – participate in a class or community on a regular basis to help others and to be helped by others.
- Service – Each week, serve someone in need because the love of Christ compels you.
- Share – Each week share with someone the good news of what Jesus means to you. Invite someone to come with you to a worship or a class or community event at First Baptist.
- Stewardship – Tithe (give one-tenth of your income) on a regular basis to the work of God’s Kingdom through the church.
There are many other things that we can do as Christians, but these are the basics that will lead to our own personal spiritual health. And then, when we all do these things, our church is strengthened and grows healthier. Will you commit to tracking these things in your own life in 2017? But remember, this list will not take your steps for you! So, let’s start walking.