The Pokémon Go app has really been causing a stir since its release. For those unfamiliar with the game, check out A Beginner’s Guide to ‘Pokémon Go’ from USA Today. The wonderful thing about the free app is that it has created a movement – literally!

As someone who works in the fitness industry, I see firsthand the large number of resolutions that wain as the year progresses. Unfortunately, a large percentage of exercise participants experience boredom and, therefore, participation in wellness activities become less frequent or stops all together.

Since Pokémon Go was released, hundreds of people have been walking around our state house grounds – hundreds of people! Players are walking (let’s hope no one is out there driving) around outside which gives them some Vitamin D, and as a result of walking, they are getting exercise! Another great attribute is that the game is social. Whether you go walking around with a few friends or head to the nearest “gym” to battle rival teams with your Pokémon it’s a creatively social game. But it’s a game with no eternal value.

Therefore, this causes me to ask, “How can we be so passionate about a video game, but not about fitness?” Or maybe the bigger question is “How can we be so passionate about Pokémon Go, but not about our relationship with Jesus Christ?” Why don’t more followers of Jesus Christ spend time socializing with others – all the while sharing the love and salvation of Jesus? If we are the hands and feet of Jesus, shouldn’t we be passionately walking alongside those who need Christ?

You may think I am pointing a finger at you, but in actuality I am pointing a finger at myself and asking – “why?” Philippians 2:4 says, “Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Let’s pray together that God would ignite a fire in our hearts to grow in Christ, as well as love and share with such a passion that others are drawn to Christ.


The Great Commission: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [f]always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19 & 20




Cindy Woods

Recreation Minister

First Baptist Estep Family Life Center 803.343.8587


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