Map My Run is a handy app on my phone that logs all my workouts. It records my distance, duration time, average pace, split-pace times, calories burned and elevation gain. These details are very important as I reach out for my goals in preparation for the next race or just to keep in shape.
Map My Run reminds me of a very functional tool for your daily spiritual growth—a journal. Just as the Map My Run app helps me track my physical fitness, I believe a hand written journal or one online is a good means to help you in your daily relationship with Christ; to run the race of the Christian life as we set our affection on things above and not on things of the earth (Colossians 3:2) to stay spiritually fit. So consider the following questions:
- How do you track your growth in Christ?
- As you read the Word each day, where do you record what God said to you?
- When you attend church, how do you document what God is up to in your life during the service whether in singing, prayer, small group Sunday School or the preaching?
- What has the Lord been teaching you in the school of trials and temptation?
- How have you seen God answer prayer today?
- What spiritual goals have you attained by the grace of God?
- What sins have your overcome?
- What victories have been won by faith and God’s grace?
We are prone to soon forget the blessings of God, the impact of His Word, and the lessons He brings, but not so if we record them in a journal and then scan over them each week. Our Shepherd is leading us today (Psalm 23). Let’s track His steps and His lessons in our lives. The Christian life is not a sprint but a marathon. Let’s run well in His Word, burning off the calories of sin, the flesh and the world, and keep a good pace through all the elevations of life as we run for the prize.
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8).