Thursday, November 14, 2013

It's all about Accountibility (in all phases of life)

I am all about accountability. That is one of the main reasons that Daily Trainings blog was even created. It was started as a way for me to publicly document my journey to Ironman, and I am still shocked people read it. But I believe that it did help me. I knew that someone would be reading it and that it also helps when you put things in writing. I like listing out my goals, my failure and the things I need to work on, and I even like that people can call me out on it.

I'll admit, I am much better at holding people accountable than being held accountable. I do it with my kids, and at work.  So with family, professionally and in training, I am all about accountability, but what about my personal life??

Like most people, I can justify everything I do or say. That is not good enough though. I need to be held accountable. Held accountable to God and to my family. Period. My church recently had a lesson on accountability and it hit home with me. I know I can be a better man, a better husband, better father, better worker and a better athlete, but I cannot do it alone, I need people (Godly men) to help me stay accountable and on the narrow path.

I am participating in an Accountability group with some other men from my church. these guys are good guys, good Christian men that will meet regularly and we will be asking each other 10 questions. We will then answer each of these questions honestly, and this scares me actually. I do not have many people that I can be bluntly, painfully honest with, I mean I am not a share your feelings kind of guy. So this could possibly be the greatest thing for me. Here are the 10 questions:

1.       Have you spent time in the Scriptures and in prayer?
2.       Have you had any flirtatious or lustful attitudes, tempting thoughts, or exposed yourself to any explicit materials which would not Glorify God?
3.       Have you been completely above reproach in your financial dealings?
4.       Have you spent quality relationship time with family and friends?
5.       Have you done your 100% best in your job, school, etc.?
6.       Have you told any half-truths or outright lies, putting yourself in a better light to those around you?
7.        Have you shared the Gospel with an unbeliever this week?
8.       Have you taken care of your body through daily physical exercise and proper eating/sleeping habits?
9.       Have you allowed any person or circumstance to rob you of your joy?
10.   Have you lied to us on any of your answers today?

This group is not about tearing anyone down, but it is designed to build us up to make us better husbands and fathers. Can you answer all 10 questions honestly? Or do you have any friends that would call you out? Do you have anybody that you are comfortable sharing these answers with? Do you trust anyone enough?

P.S. I know that question #6 will step on the toes of EVERY triathlete!! :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm just now blog catching up. The last one with you and Brad is hilarious. I put my chips with you JFord. I know how he rolls in Texas. :) hear that Donovan!!!?

    I hired a running coach a few weeks ago. I like being accountable. Plus, i don't have to make my own schedules anymore. I can get use to that!


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