Every morning, my fourteen-year-old daughter and I work out together.
Ever the morning person, Shae (of Teen, Meet God and Shae’s Days) is nearly always ready before me, hair in a neat ponytail, tennis shoes laced, and tablet queued up with our pre-selected YouTube workout. Meanwhile, I’m generally dragging myself up the stairs to her room a couple of minutes late (6:50 a.m. is the goal), reluctant to shed my robe and Uggs and get down to business.
Tuesdays are the toughest for me, when we head out to our frigid garage and do a pull-up session. At least I wake up quickly on those mornings; nothing like grabbing an icy metal bar for that!
But I get up and exercise every day not only for the obvious reasons of health and fitness, but because I know Shae will be waiting for me. As disciplined as her father and as reliable as he, she motivates by example. So, every time that she is ready and willing to sweat next to me, I’ll be ready, too.
She’s ninety-seven pounds of accountability.
We keep each other accountable in other ways as well. We enjoy cooking and eating healthy, high quality food together. We share prayer requests. We both blog.
And when she leaves home and heads off into adultland, she’ll still keep me accountable. I’ll think of her sweating next to me, doing push-ups in tandem, and I’ll do a few more. I’ll certainly pray more, too, beseeching the Father for her safety as she ministers in whatever mission field he should choose to place her.
I imagine that the early church functioned like this, as family and friends labored together in the unifying purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission.
And all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. – Acts 2:44-47
Surround yourself today with people who keep you accountable through their example of goodness and faithfulness. Encourage one another to be the best you can be.