By Jeff Knight
Wouldn’t it be cool if they allowed us to grade our own tests in school? It would NEVER happen unless the school had no standards. Grading the test is the academic version of accountability.
In life we will be held accountable to what God has called us to do. On the macro level it will be like an assignment I have been given and God will review what I have accomplished with what he’s given me. On the micro level I need you to help me complete my assignment.
Consider this scripture, Hebrews 13:17, “Obey your spiritual leaders, and do what they say. Their work is to watch over your souls, and they are accountable to God. Give them reason to do this with joy and not with sorrow. That would certainly not be for your benefit.”
I include my pastor, a few friends, my wife, my parent’s, and others who are my spiritual leaders in my accountability! They have a job to do and I have to let them do it! I need to let them speak into my life. They have the ability to call me out, correct me, and encourage me. Most of all they can do it, not because of “who they are,” but because of “who I allow them to be.”
I encourage you to allow someone to be your accountability. When you do your dreams become more possible where real progress can be made.
By Jeff Knight
“Without accountability there is no motivation to change.” -Scott Boss
There are three areas I’ve used accountability to achieve my goals: Vision, Prayer and finances.
When I first began to dream about the church I asked team members and those with influence in my life to hold me accountable to never forget the dream, no matter what. I’ve purposed to keep the dream in focus and used accountability to keep me focused.
With prayer, I’ve had a tendency to substitute hard work for quality prayer. A year ago I decided it was time to push back and pray more. I asked three key people in my life to hold me accountable to new levels of prayer. At the end of this year I will have prayed –accumulative–more than any other year of my life.
Finally, in 1992 I needed help with my finances. I was a newly married man and did a poor job managing our finances. The help I needed required me to open up my checkbook and become accountable to my wife and others for every financial decision.
Accountability works! Each of those areas have confirmed I need accountability in my life.
As we near the end of 2007 I’m thinking of new areas where I can solicit some good old fashioned accountability. In 2007 I’m adding accountability for my fitness and health goals, date nights regularly with my wife and carving out time to do less of the superfluous more of what matters.
With the year ending many of you must be thinking about ’08. Where are you needing accountability? Maybe if we throw it out there it will be the early steps toward accountability and new goals in our lives.
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