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Alecia M. Whitehttps://www.aleciathewriter.com/
Author, blogger, lover of coffee, and all things Jesus. By profession, Alecia is a teacher and administrator. She recently published her first book "The Thing Is...", a poignant look at suffering and endurance. She is privileged to share her love for Christ through her writing.

Alright, so I wanted an Apple Watch, but I figured I didn’t need it. Yet, this “want” didn’t go away and ultimately became my birthday request. My mom got me this watch and I was determined to use all the features I could, downloading new apps and customizing them to my liking.

A couple of weeks after I got my watch, I received an email that had an offer for Apple Fitness+. If you subscribed, you got three months free before the monthly $9.99 a month kicked in. Since I’d decided to do better with fitness and I had the most expensive watch I had ever owned planted on my wrist, I thought I should give it a whirl.

So, I signed up and read the initial instructions. Now, the only way for me to access the workouts was for me to log on to the summary app on my phone. I grabbed my phone, eager to get started, and tapped into the app. Well, I couldn’t find the Fitness+ tab. I thought maybe I was looking in the wrong place, but this was it. I did a google search (y’all know we Google everything) and found that in order for me to access the tab, I had to have the latest update on my phone. Once it was updated, there it was, as plain as day. I was able to access the tools I needed to get maximum use out of my watch. Which is the point, I mean, what good is it if I don’t utilize the features and benefits?

Is God Holding Your Missing Piece?

missing pieceYou want my point, right? Well, no matter how ready I was to get started, though I’d paid for this subscription, and even though I had all the equipment I needed to crush these at-home workouts, I couldn’t because my phone’s software was outdated. I was in need of an update.

What am I telling you? I am saying that you may have what you need – the equipment, the resources, the know-how – but your thoughts and methods may be outdated. You may not have the faith to move forward with the next steps for your present task. There may be something holding you back that only God can release you from. Either way, you need an update.  

So, What’s the Play Call?

It can be easy to get discouraged when everything seems to be in place, but nothing seems to line up. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you plug in for your “update”:

  1. Be renewed. Only God can provide us with the type of energy that we need in order to carry out His plans for us. Let Him change you to line up with His will. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
  2. Rely on God’s strength. See, when we depend on ourselves to figure things out, there will always be a missing factor. Remember where your true strength lies. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬
  3. Trust the knowledge of God. Eventually, I had to Google to find out why I couldn’t access the Fitness portion of my app. I needed to look to a source more knowledgeable on the subject than myself. This is what God wants from us, for us to look to Him for the answers we cannot come up with on our own. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:5‬ ‭
  4. Be willing to wait. Just like with my phone, updates won’t come out every day. There will be times when you cannot carry out a plan because it’s not time. God will replenish you and update you when it is. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.” Psalms‬ ‭27:14‬ 

Always remember that God’s way and timing are perfect and He will give you the “update” you need to do all that you were created to do. 

 

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