At the start of the New Year many of us make resolutions to better ourselves, improve relationships or career ambitions. We make big plans to lose weight, be smarter with our financial choices, spend more time with family and even enjoy life to the fullest. These plans sound great but how realistic are they. According to statistics, only 8% of people are successful in completing their resolutions. What makes the difference between a failed and successful resolution. Having accountability, the willingness to accept responsibility can make the difference.
What about you? What are some changes that you would like to make in your life? Looking at a biblical perspective, what changes can be made to improve your relationship with God, to walk with him more closely. Goals can be made to read the word more, to pray more, to attend church on a regular basis, to build better relationships. All of these goals can be achievable with success but when motivation begins to dissipate having accountability can encourage you to keep moving forward in your pursuit.
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16
God designed the Body of Christ to be responsible for one another and the encourage one another. To help each other in times of struggle and give hope to keep our commitments. No matter who we are, we all need someone to hold us accountable and help us follow through with the life that we are building with Christ. Accountability involves our willingness to be vulnerable and to trust one another. It helps to develop and strengthen our character and help us become more dependent on God to reach our commitment to Him.
Ways to maintain Accountability
- Seek out people who are interested in developing an accountability relationship.
- Make an accountability relationship with a person you trust.
- Be vulnerable and honest.
- Meet on a regular basis.
- Be willing to make necessary changes.