Me and My Fitbit
A few weeks a couple of my friends bought me a Fitbit as an early birthday present. Since then, I have been keenly aware of a few things: how many steps I take, how many calories I burn, how many flights of steps I climb, etc. Between the Fitbit’s website & the app on my smartphone I have access to so much information…I even found out how many calories I burn while I preach on Sunday mornings at First Christian Church. (For those of you wondering, I burn about 500 calories when I preach!)
Since wearing the Fitbit I have realized how much time I spend sitting every day. I sit for meetings, for phone calls, while I study…I’m sitting while I’m typing this blog entry! Having access on my wrist of how active or inactive I’ve been in a given day has allowed me to make some subtle changes in my day. For instance, when given the opportunity I choose steps over the elevator. When I need to clear my head and think for a moment, I’ll take a walk instead of sit at my desk or on the couch. I push a little harder through my workouts, knowing that my little Fitbit is keeping track of my every move. I’m more conscious of the food I eat, knowing that I’ll enter the food into the Fitbit app later and it will tell me if I’m on track to maintain a healthy diet.
Simply put, my Fitbit keeps me….accountable.
I have several people in my life that I’ve asked to keep me accountable in different areas of my life. This year I’ve committed to give charitably more in one calendar year than I have every done before. I knew in order for me to be successful at this type of commitment I needed help. So I have a very close friend that routinely asks me about my finances and my charitable giving. I’ve given him permission to ask about that part of my life and the best part is – it works! The conversations I have with him challenge me to keep the financial commitments I’ve made and also inspire me to seek additional opportunities to give towards. I have a few people in my life that make sure that I am spending quality, meaningful time with God in prayer and devotion on a daily basis. I will routinely get texts, phone calls from these individuals holding me accountable in this area of my life. There are a group of pastors and leaders that I meet with weekly for coffee and these men keep me accountable as a pastor in our community. These are just a few of examples. I have others that make sure that I’m spending enough time with my family and friends. I have others that ask me about my thought life and steps I’ve taken to maintain my integrity and purity.
Again, accountability works.
Having an accountability partner helps you maintain responsibilities in your Christian walk. It also helps motivate you as you have another person come alongside you and cheer you on as walk with God. It’s not always easy to seek out an accountability partner but it is absolutely beneficial in the Christian life. So what should you look for when seeking an accountability partner? Here are just a few items to consider…
- Find someone trustworthy.
“He who speaks truth tells what is right…” ~ Proverbs 12:17 (NASB)
Trust breeds productivity. When you’ve found someone that is trustworthy, you will have found someone that you can be productive with.
- Find someone who you respect.
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” ~ Philippians 2:3 (ESV)
Find people that you respect based on the area of accountability they will partner with you on. For instance, if you need someone to keep you accountable in the area of finances – choose someone who has proven they are responsible with their own finances so they can give you open and honest feedback to you.
- Find some who will challenge you.
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” ~ Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)
The goal of accountability is not to condemn one another…it’s to challenge one another to be greater servants in the God’s kingdom.
- Find someone you can meet with regularly.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” ~ Proverbs 27:17
Iron can only sharpen iron when they meet together. The consistency in which you and your accountability partner meet with will determine how effective your partnership will be.
Need more direction on finding an accountability partner? Feel free to email me using the contact form below with your question and I’ll be glad to help!
I just looked at my Fitbit and I’m only at 3,585 steps for the day so I better get moving!
Until next time…