A doctor friend of mind introduced me to another fitness tool just yesterday.  A free app for my smart phone called “Runtastic.”

And it is…  FANTASTIC!!!  And FUNTASTIC, too!  Or, in my case — since I’m bicycling instead of running — I guess it should be called “BIKETASTIC”!    🙂

I downloaded the app after talking to my friend and hit “Start” at the beginning of yesterday’s bike ride.  At the end, I hit “Finish”… and immediately got a boatload (bike-load?) of encouragement!!!   🙂

The distance I had traveled.  The duration of my workout.  My pace (minutes per mile).  My average speed (miles per hour).  The calories I had burned.  My elevation gain and/or loss.  A map of my actual route, color-coded to show my areas of greater and lesser exertion.

All through GPS technology.  WOW!

I don’t know if this free version has a built-in “coach” watching my trends and spurring me on, or if I would have to upgrade to the “PRO” (and paid) version for that feature.  Either way, this is WAY COOL!!!   🙂

Hey, Abba… Wouldn’t it also be WAY COOL to have an app like this for the spiritual race we are running every day?!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”  (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

Come to think of it, we already have something much better than a phone app… don’t we, Lord?  We have the opportunity to sit down with THE Ultimate Personal Trainer of trainers and THE Life Coach of coaches every single day — morning and/or nighttime and/or anytime!

The opportunity to talk honestly with You about how we’re really doing today.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”  (1 John 1:9)

The opportunity to get immediate help.

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:16)

The benefit of discovering our own personalized Life Plan, tailor-made for us by the One who knows us best!

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11)

The opportunity for daily guidance and accountability to help us stay on track!

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a Voice behind you saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.”  (Isaiah 30:21)

The opportunity to embrace and exude Your incomparable Strength-building Secret!

“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”  (Ephesians 6:10)

Total access to the “proprietary” equipment You — and You, alone — make available to all of Your coaching “clients.”  Along with the empowerment You — and You, alone — provide in its use!

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”  (Ephesians 6:11)

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world.  On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”  (2 Corinthians 10:4)

Not to mention the “residuals”… ETERNAL access to all this and more???  And all of it for FREE???

“… the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  (Romans 6:23b)

“Now this is eternal life:  that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.”  (John 17:3)

What might we call Your “app,” Lord?


The more important questions are these:  Have we downloaded Your app, Lord?  And are we using it — taking full advantage of its many benefits — every day???

Eagerly seeking Your latest updates…

Abba’s Girl

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