Have you noticed lately that our society has a problem with accountability?
No one wants to answer to another for their actions.
I am reminded of a young man we had in our youth group years ago. J___ was a quirky teenage boy who had made it through the awkward junior high years and looked like a young man. Like most 18 year olds, he was still a boy in a man's body.
One day J_____ came to my husband and said "I am tired of my parents telling me what to do all the time. I am getting away from it. I am joining the army."
Now if you have a military background at all you understand how completely stupid that statement is. The military experience is all about learning self-discipline. They tell you where and when to eat, sleep, spit and breathe.
My husband was quick on his feet and told him "That is exactly what you need to do."
The truth is that we all answer to someone. Children hate answering to their parents and teachers, not realizing that their parents are answering to their bosses, spouses are answering to each other and we are all answering to God.
Personal accountability is not a dirty word. The bible tells us that every one of us will give an account to God for the words that we speak and the things that we do.
It is time we embraced the relationships that personal accountability brings into our lives. It is sometimes hard to accept but God has placed authorities and people in our lives to help us, not to hurt us.