“No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12

Pastor’s Perspective

FitBit For Christmas this year, Wendy gave me a Fitbit. For those who don’t know what a Fitbit is, it’s a small band that you wear around your wrist. Fitbit tracks your daily steps and how many calories you burn, and if you link Fitbit to your computer or smart phone you can even input the food you eat so you can track if you’re burning more calories than you’re taking in. (That’s the plan anyway. J) Fitbit even buzzes if you reach a goal or if you want it to wake you in the morning. I like my Fitbit, and my hope is that Fitbit will encourage me to get in shape and drop a few pounds in the New Year.

That said, wearing my Fitbit the last few days has got me thinking. Sure, Fitbit may help me get into shape physically, but what about spiritually. I don’t think there is a Fitbit for that.  There are times I feel spiritually fit. I come into the office, read a devotion, pray for people who ask for prayers, including those on our worship cards. Sometimes, I read a chapter from Scripture. Having said that, I must confess that sometimes I don’t feel spiritually fit at all. For example, I walk in the office, turn on my computer, and try to fit a brief devotion in before the computer boots up. Or when the computer boots up I’ll be checking who sent email out of the corner of my eye while reading my devotion.

I’ve been thinking how a Fitbit that would encourage me spiritually might be nice. You know, like if at the end of the day if I hadn’t taken a few moments to be still and let God be God, my spiritual Fitbit would buzz at me reminding me to do so. Or maybe if I came into the office and the first thing I did was boot up the computer my spiritual Fitbit would buzz again.

So, I have two News Year’s resolutions. First to drop a few pounds, and I know Fitbit can help with that. Second, to slow down and lead a more spiritual life; to let God be God. No Fitbit is made for that, but God has blessed me with plenty of other tools:  Scripture, devotions, worship, prayer, and even time to be still and to just let God be God.

Peace and blessings on the New Year,

Pastor Tom



Church Picnic

September 2011, Champaign IL

Our youth enjoying the dunk tank during the annual church picnic.

Baby Sunday

August 2011, Champaign IL

A celebration of the all our families with children ages 3 and under.

Apple Festival

October 2011, Champaign IL

Pie-making for our annual Apple Festival, hosted by WELCA. 

Easter Egg Hunt

April 2012, Champaign IL

Children celebrate Easter together during our breakfast & egg hunt.

El Salvador Mission Trip

2011, El Salvador

Good Shepherd members work in El Salvador to rebuild a church.


December 2011, Champaign IL

Our young ones sharing the joy of Christmas during worship.

Trunk or Treat

October 2011, Champaign IL

After trunk or treating, our costumed kids play games in the fellowship hall.