Tom Tom has started selling a fitness watch, so you can get buff and boogie at the same time. When I read the article describing this newer addition to the fitness craze, I wondered if the Apostle Paul would have worn one.
Which one of the following songs do you think Paul would have had on his playlist?
- Onward Christian Soldiers
- Victory in Jesus
- On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand
- I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
Paul didn’t have all the gadgets that are available today, but he did know the importance of training and being fit:
“We all know that when there’s a race, all the runners bolt for the finish line, but only one will take the prize. When you run, run for the prize! Athletes in training are very strict with themselves, exercising self-control over desires, and for what? For a wreath that soon withers or is crushed or simply forgotten. That is not our race. We run for the crown that we will wear for eternity. So I don’t run aimlessly. I don’t let my eyes drift off the finish line.When I box, I don’t throw punches in the air. I discipline my body and make it my slave so that after all this, after I have brought the gospel to others, I will still be qualified to win the prize.” ~I Cor.9:24-27
Like Paul, we need to live a disciplined life and “strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).”
When they first made their appearance, they were difficult to use, hard to read, and thought to be a technological gadget with reliability that was suspect. The handheld GPS units that were produced and sold by the Magellan Corporation in 1989 pale in comparison to the refined and powerful technology of today.
Because people want to be led and informed by GPS, the automobile industry is producing cars with navigation modules as part of the basic package. Some drivers have become so dependent on this technology they can’t read a map, and they don’t know East from West.
I know from personal experience, that these units are not failsafe. While driving through Memphis one day, my unit instructed me to “turn left.” After I obeyed, I quickly realized that I was heading South on a commuter line and the lights of a Northbound train were bearing down on me.
As I made another quick left turn, I was reminded of Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
The next time you find yourself lost or perplexed. Look to God for guidance:
- The Good Shepherd will lead you to the green pastures and down by the still waters. (Psalm 23).
- God will lead you to a life of righteousness: Psalm 5:8: Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your way straight before my face.
- When you follow God, you will be led down the path of truth: Psalm 25:5: Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
- There is no need to stumble through the darkness, because God will light the path ahead of you: Psalm 43:3: Send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me
As you take your first steps today, use Proverbs 3:5-6 as a prayer: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.