by Edie Melson
The first quarter of this year I had the opportunity to join a fitness centered group. Our local radio station chose a group of people and spent twelve weeks—in partnership with our local YMCA—guiding us to better health and wellness.
For me, this was life-changing. Outside of hiking and occasionally walking the dog, my idea of exercise has been . . . well . . . limited. I never considered myself athletic and hated exercise.
Now all that has changed. While I’m not where I hope to be, I’m finally on the right path. And one of the things that has helped has been keeping track along the way.
Everywhere we turn fitness tracking is all the rage. And gadgets and gizmos to do just that are everywhere. We’re wearing jewelry that tracks our steps, our heart rate, and even how many stairs we climb. Beyond that, it reminds us when we need to exercise or at least get up and move.
Thinking about all this accountability has turned my mind to spiritual accountability. Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had something to track our spiritual walk? Can you imagine how helpful it would be if, when we slacked off on spiritual fitness and discipline, there was something that would tell us it was time to get back on track?
There is—and He’s the Holy Spirit.
He’s always with us—to teach us, interpret Scripture and circumstances, and remind us when we get off track. But He’s the ultimate gentleman. He doesn’t force us back on the path, and if we ignore Him often enough, He’ll just be quiet.
Beyond that important personal of the Trinity who lives inside us, are those fellow believers that surround us. Scripture encourages us to be accountable to one another. But we so often ignore that admonition. It’s scary to be honest enough with someone else to enter into an accountability relationship.
Accountability is good thing to help us stay physically healthy. It’s even more important to have the same sort of accountability to stay in shape spiritually.
So that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10 (HCSB)
About the author: Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, whether she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker, she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her latest book, While My Child is Away; Prayers for While We’re Apart is available at local retailers and online. Connect with her further at www.EdieMelson.comand on Facebook and Twitter.
Join the conversation: How do you track your spiritual fitness?