Devotional for Thursday December 21st

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Living with no excuses”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (HCSB)

 

Our thought for today: “Do them a favor and take away their excuses.”

 

There is strength in numbers and therefore a wise person cultivates a small group of close friends they know they can always count on. It’s a foolish person who thinks they can go it alone. We all need others to walk through life with us. A good marriage is of course the best relationship a person can have on this earth. A spouse who is a genuine partner in life is invaluable and does a lot to strengthen and enrich your life.

 

But good friendships are important too. A wise person also has accountability partners and although that person is often a spouse, close friends make good accountability partners too. In order for an accountability partner to be effective you must be transparent and honest with them. This has to be a person (s) who has permission to ask the hard questions of you and who then has the boldness to speak truth to you, even if you don’t want to hear it.

 

One of the key ways in which an accountability partner can be most helpful to us is to take away our excuses. Change is hard and it takes discipline to stick with it. When we’re trying to implement needed changes in our lives – be they changes about diet and exercise, or better money management practices, or improved spiritual disciplines, or whatever, our basic human nature will lead us to make excuses for why it’s okay to eat that cupcake, or to spend that money, or to sleep late instead of getting up early to have time with God. A good accountability partner will challenge us on such issues and take away our excuses. That’s a good thing (annoying maybe, but good).

 

As we get closer to beginning the New Year and you give more thought to the goals you will set and the plans you will make for 2018, do you have one or more accountability partners with whom you are sharing your goals and who have permission to hold you accountable to them? If not, I encourage you to find someone to fill that role for you.

 

Solomon was exactly right when he wrote “Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their effort.” I encourage you to have at least one other person in your life who has the permission and the boldness to take away your excuses.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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