Let’s Use Visible Reminders by Mike Riley
There is a growing number of health-conscious folks who are discovering that wearing a pedometer helps them increase their level of daily exercise. This step-counting device is both a recorder and a motivator for them. Knowing how many steps they take per outing, encourages them to walk more.
One woman’s goal was ten thousand steps a day. To accomplish her goal, she began parking farther away from her workplace, walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator, and doing more active tasks around her office. Her visible pedometer reminded her of her daily need to produce a healthy lifestyle change.
Visible reminders have a place in our Christian walk as well. When God instructed the Israelites to keep His commands in their hearts (Deuteronomy 6:6), He also told them to make visible reminders of His Word:
“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:8-9).
The purpose was not for mere physical decoration but for spiritual deliverance:
“Beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage” (Deuteronomy 6:12).
Writing the words of Scripture on a sticky note, a memory card, or a calendar can turn our focus toward the Lord throughout the day. These visible reminders will encourage our steps of obedience to Him (Romans 6:17).
Let’s memorize a verse of Scripture as we go to work this week by writing it on a card, taping it where it is visible, and meditating on that verse during the day. Habitually placing verses of Scripture into our subconscious mind will produce not only an increase in Bible knowledge (Deuteronomy 6:6; Proverbs 2:1-6; Proverbs 4:20-21), but will keep us from sin and sinful habits (Psalm 119:11; Psalm 119:98; cf. Psalm 37:31; Psalm 40:8; Hebrews 5:14).
Singing the words of Scripture-based psalms, hymns of praise, and spiritual songs while commuting to work, will also help us in keeping the holy Scriptures fresh in our mind (Colossians 3:16; Ephesians 5:19).