Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
A few months ago I began to use a Fitbit, a small device that tracks my steps and with which I can track all sorts of health patterns. I don’t love to exercise, but I do love how I feel after I’ve done it and the Fitbit is a way to hold myself accountable to my renewed commitment to my health. It would wake me every morning at 6am and if I wavered in getting out of bed, all I had to do was think of how low my step count would be if I didn’t, and which friends would pass me in their daily step count. I always got up.
And then I lost my Fitbit while running errands on a rainy evening. And guess what: when I woke up the next morning, I didn’t head to the treadmill but instead to the couch for an hour of mindless internet surfing. As I await another device to be shipped to me, my exercise has been spotty at best and I’ve eaten a lot less vegetables. Now there is nothing about that device that literally made me exercise or only eat healthy food. But it held me accountable in a way I needed.
This Sunday we will present our pledge cards in worship, bringing them forward and placing them on the communion table. There is nothing about those cards or that process that literally makes us share our God given blessings with the congregation. But they do hold us accountable in ways we need. They are tangible reminders of our aspirations—to be generous people; they are tangible reminders of our shared covenant—to participate in and support the life of this community; they are tangible reminders of our commitment—to one another and to God.
Thank God our pledge cards can’t get lost in a dark parking lot. Thank God that we have this community to hold us accountable, to provoke one another to love and good deeds and to encourage one another. Thank God, because I need it and I bet you do too.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for all the ways you hold us accountable. May I be open to the ways this community of faith can provoke and encourage me. Amen.