Tracking Our Spiritual Fitness

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)

Edie-MelsonAbout 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 Were 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?

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5 thoughts on “Tracking Our Spiritual Fitness

  1. Such a good post. I gifted myself a Fitbit Versa back in May to help me get back on track physically with exercise. It’s been a good investment. But, to be honest, a need better accountability spiritually right now because life has been so demanding that I’ve left some needed things slide. Thank you, Edie, for the timely reminder.

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  2. How do I track my spiritual fitness? I would say by knowing if I am spending time in the word and how often/much I am praying. I know that if my fitbit shows that I haven’t walked or exercised I know it and the same with my spiritual life, if I haven’t spent time in God’s word and prayer for the day I know it. It’s easy when things get super busy or have to be out the door early to let not only my physical fitness slide but also that spiritual fitness. When I am not feeling peaceful and my life feels a mess gives me an indication that my spiritual fitness is off as well.

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  3. Edie, good thoughts! I find that when I am in love with someone, I treasure the time together. It is the same way with God. I find that He is my first thought every morning when I awake, and my last thought at night, and whenever anything comes up during the day, He is the one I run to. So I don’t keep track – I just live in His presence. He is my Beloved, and I am His – wholly and fully. When I was 8 and my mom and four others in my family died (4 in an accident, 1 by cancer), God stepped in and became my source of comfort. The relationship has grown and flourished since then. It has become natural to think of Him first throughout the day!

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  4. I make sure reading my Bible is my first priority every morning- along with coffee! I love reading about all that my Father does and has done! He is an important part of my day!

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