For my sixtieth birthday my son Stephen gave me a Fitbit, a smartwatch designed to help mestay motivated and improve my health by tracking my activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep. Stephen loves using his and weekly checks to see how I am doing. I use it almost exclusively as an exercise incentive and, wow, after wearing it for almost a month I’m amazed at how much my workouts have increased. The hourly reminders to exercise motivate me to get up from behind my desk—away from the computer to walk. But it has also radically affected my prayer life—an unexpected benefit. Because, when I’m walking to increase my step count, I’m now also concentrating on conversing with my Father.
Romans 13:12—The night is nearly over, and the daylight is near, so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
This Christmas eve, we know we are surrounded by darkness and many times guilty of succumbing to temptations. One day our Savior is going to return. Darkness will be defeated and we will forever worship in the splendor of His light. But until He comes, it is good to remember the Apostle Paul’s (Fitbit) reminder to put on the armor of light. Jesus left heaven and came to the earth as a baby. We will celebrate His birth tomorrow. He became the Light the world desperately needed. His seeking and saving mission brought us into the family of light.
Light is powerful. It exposes the darkness for what it is and what it is not. It warms our hearts and gives us courage. It reveals the path upon which we should walk. It encourages us—like when we light candles in a dark sanctuary to sing Silent Night.
I needed a Fitbit to get busy walking. Wouldn’t it be great if we all turned these devices into reminders to spiritually armor up! It is great to be physically healthy. How much better to be spiritually healthy! Merry Christmas!
. . . calling directly counters the great modern pressure toward secularization because the call of Jesus includes a summons to the exercise of the spiritual disciplines and the experience of supernatural realities.--Os Guinness in The Call
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