Item Number 4 that helps me, former procrastinators, is harder to put off. That’s my accountability partner – and I love her. She knows if I’m faithful or not to the priorities the Lord has prompted. She helps me be faithful which means she’s a key to success.
God has designed the body of Christ so that we benefit from such relationships. “As iron sharpens iron, Also a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Proverbs 27:17 “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24. Also 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 1 Peter 5:8, Galatians 5:1.
I’ll press to complete something because I don’t want to admit I didn’t do it. Rejoice! It’s done! Accountability to my earthly accountability partner helps me be faithful to the Lord. She’s a real partner in putting on the new man.
How does this work for us? On Monday I email her my list of priorities (not everything) for that week. The next Monday, I email whether or not I did them. “Done” or “Read one article, not two,” or “Did none.” That’s it. Sometimes we talk, pray, discuss ideas – all separate from email reports.
How do you find a partner?
Pray for the right person. She should be willing and able to follow up with you regularly.
Define what you want in an accountability relationship. Are you looking for partnership long term or for a short term project?
Ask. Give a clear explanation of what you’d like from her. Many people have not done this before. Determine your approach together. Learn as you go what works for you.
Persevere! Don’t be discouraged if first efforts are awkward or unsuccessful. Being too busy, not realizing the importance of your request, being too sympathetic to hold you accountable are some reasons a pairing won’t work. Try with someone else.
What are some blessings?
- Enjoying freedom and peace as burdens lift quickly
- Staying focused
- Developing more defined and appropriate goals with partner’s input
- Spurring me to set goals I might not otherwise
- Growing humility
- Providing a sister who prays for me in my struggle, shares the joys of accomplishment, and understands disappointments
- Helping me form new habits, become diligent – and fulfill my calling
Please consider working with an accountability partner. The freedom and accomplishment are enormous benefits. CEO’s of companies utilize this help for themselves. How much more important for a kingdom-building child of God!
What do you want in an accountability partner and who will you ask?