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Unobtrusive Measures 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13

Unobtrusive Measures

Our character is measured not in data but in deeds.

At a Glance

We begin by noting many of the high-tech devices available today to track, monitor and assess our physical activities each day. These devices are called "activity trackers" or "wearable technology," and they're supposed to help us stay fit by keeping us informed about the crucial data related to fitness. But how do we measure things that resist objective or quantifiable measurement? Things like integrity, character, kindness and love?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Parable Power," June 15, 1997, at

Fitbit, Garmin, Misfit, Jawbone, Huawei, Moov, Polar, TomTom, Withings, Xiaomi.

These are all brand names of devices collectively known as "activity trackers" and "wearable technology." Some of them also have apps you can install in your smartphone to track certain activities, such as how many steps you take each day, what distance you ride your bicycle, how many calories you consume and what your heart rate is at any given...

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