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Accountability is, what I call, a “grown-up Christian” concept. It is giving up living your life in the “sneaking cookies out of the cookie jar” scenario and, instead, living it “for real”. In other words, live in private the person you are in public.

I believe everyone of us needs an accountability partner (AP). Someone who will hold us to be the person we want to be. This partner could be your spouse but most often it will be a friend. An AP has no hidden relationship agenda other than helping me to see and receive wisdom and knowledge that will help me grow in a healthy way.

My AP, Laney, is an encourager; a teller of truth. We have had this relationship for over ten years. We have walked with each other through divorces, death, marriage, and births of grandchildren. But it has been the “usual” moments of self-doubt and loneliness where her words have lifted me and, occasionally, kicked my posterior, bringing me back to where I want to be; maneuvering me away from the edge of life’s hidden cliffs.

If you have areas of your life in which you want to make a change, you can buy a self-help book or join a gym, make a New Year’s resolution or just wish for something better. Or ask God to bring an AP into your life, someone He has chosen. Someone who has His heart for you that is full of wisdom, understanding, justice, knowledge, discipline, and fear of the LORD. Your life will never be the same. It will be better.

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