Two years ago, I bought a Fitness Tracker that syncs to my phone and records my daily activity. My tracker runs on a watch battery and is fully waterproof allowing me to wear it 24/7. The only time I take it off is to move it to my ankle when I’m biking and treadmill walking. I want every step to count! The difference it makes wearing it on my ankle versus my wrist during workouts is roughly15,000 steps.
A few weeks ago, after I’d completed a grueling two-hour workout, I realized I’d neglected to transfer my fitness band to my ankle. Checking my wrist, I was disappointed to see I’d only recorded slightly over 4,000 steps; a mere fraction of an average workout. Feeling crushed, it felt as if the last two hours were a complete waste of time – like I’d done nothing at all.
I nursed my anger for a bit until it dawned on me that not having a high number on my tracker in no way negated the work I’d done. My effort was the same with or without an activity number validation. My body benefitted from the exercise just the same.
Not for the first time, I’d been duped by the enemy whose sole job is to negate everything positive in our daily lives.
The enemy likes to minimize the good we do in life while maximizing our faults and failures. He taunts us into believing that our volunteer time is too little; our tithing inefficient or sporadic; our Bible study or daily devotions are ineffective; our prayers too lame or our church attendance irregular. All of these negative signals can make us feel as if our salvation is sketchy at best.
Satan wants us to believe that whatever we are doing for the Lord is all for naught and we are wasting our time. But I like to say that just because I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast three weeks ago doesn’t discount the fact that my meal provided nourishment for my physical body. In the same way, each time we give to the Lord – be it through Scripture reading, volunteering our time, the giving of our finances or encouraging someone who is struggling -- we are feeding our spiritual body, and God is pleased with us.
So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT)
While we may have a powerful enemy, we have an even more powerful Savior who reminds us that “Greater is He that is in us, than He that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) If you hear the enemy whisper that you are wasting your time with spiritual pursuits, feel free to tell him, “Get behind me, Satan!” Anything we do for the Lord is a good thing!