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Growing up I played my share of little league sports, but it was football that I grew to love and enjoy most. At every level I had a coach who I trusted, respected, and most of the time obeyed. I obeyed my coaches because I trusted their ability to steer me in the right direction, especially on the field. I trusted them because they had been where I wanted to go. Unfortunately, my coaches hardly ever told me exactly what I wanted to hear. Instead, they were more concerned about telling me what I needed to hear. It was as if they were skilled technicians at pointing out my weaknesses or “blind spots” to make me better. And I knew that in order to succeed, I needed to listen to them.

The same is actually true for us in life. Accountability is the state of being liable or answerable to someone. Here are the questions I pose to you: Who do you trust and respect enough to tell you no? Who do you answer to? Is it your board of directors, a trusted friend, a parent, leadership team, spouse, pastor, mentor or coach? Please tell me there’s someone in your life that carries the Veto card!

Some of you may be saying, “I’m grown! Why do I need someone in my life who can tell me no?” We only say things like that because the whole idea behind accountability is counter cultural. The culture tells us that we shouldn’t have to answer to anyone. But the idea and concept of accountability says differently. It embraces the concept of inter-dependence. The idea of accountability is totally Biblical. Proverbs 11:14 reads, “Where there is no counsel the people fail; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

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article courtesy of TheStreamingFaith.com

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