Don't Give Up


Is it hard for you to persevere when you don’t see results? What step will you take to push through to the next spiritual level?

It keeps track of the number of steps I take during the day, and calculates the quality of my sleep. The Fitbit has definitely made me more aware of my daily activity. I don’t pretend to understand the technology behind it, but I’ve gotten rather obsessed with making sure I get my 10,000 steps in each day.

The first week I wore my Flex Wristband, I logged in regularly to check my progress. I was willing to go for a second walk if it would push my steps over the threshold. It was well-worth the extra effort to see the smiley face on the Fitbit dashboard light up and issue a congratulatory “Hooray.”

Stopping short

By week two, the challenges set in: I had deadlines to meet. My usual exercise routine in addition to walking the dogs would be a stretch. Thursday morning greeted me with a decision: sweat it out on the treadmill or finish a writing assignment that was due the next day. I slipped into my T-shirt and sweatpants for a quick workout.

When I finished typing the last word in my chapter, I was surprised to see there was still time to head out with the dogs. With every step, I expected to feel the familiar vibration of the Fitbit; letting me know I had done it again – I’d reached 10,000 steps for the day. But nothing happened.

The mistake

The next morning when I checked the Fitbit dashboard I realized my mistake. I was only 15 steps short of reaching my goal for the previous day. Ugh!

So often I do the same thing in my spiritual life; I stop just short of seeing a goal reached. You too?

Stick with it

The apostle Paul offers a boost of encouragement:

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:9

Words worth holding onto when it seems like our efforts are having little effect. Keep doing the right thing – the harvest is just around the corner!

Your turn

Is it hard for you to persevere when you don’t see results? What step will you take to push through?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for reminding me to continue on the path of doing what is right. Even when I don’t see results, help me remember Your Word promises I will reap a harvest if I press on. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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