Have you got a Fitbit? They’re a bit of a craze right now but they’re probably not going away anytime soon. They’re so popular that the chances are, if you’re in a supermarket in Britain, someone will be wearing one. A Fitbit is a band that you wear that “motivates you to reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your activity, exercise, sleep, weight and more.”
Ever wanted to know how many steps you’ve walked? Done! Want to count calories? No problem! Fancy knowing your ideal heart rate? Fitbit can help. It’s part of a wave of “wearable technology” that helps anyone from stay at home Mums to elite athletes.
Fitbits are so popular because they tap into a unique human desire; the desire to know. We want to know what is happening – often so that we can control it. When it comes to health, this is obviously a good thing! Most of the time, though, needing control is our excuse for not exercising faith. We need to know what is going to happen; we need all the information before we make the change, take a risk or step out.
Psalm 37:23 says that the “steps of the righteous man are ordered by the Lord”. Whilst we scurry around, trying to hit our step quota for the day, God has perfectly positioned us to live in closeness with him, ordering our steps to walk with the “goodness and mercy” that he wants to fill our lives with (Psalm 23:6).
So today, we can have confidence as we walk out into the world, Fitbit or no Fitbit, because our steps are established, walking with the God who wants to lead us into a life that’s filled with more peace, purpose and joy than we could’ve ever planned for ourselves.