Don't Go Diving Without It
Theme of the Week: Accountability: Freedom from Secrets
Monday, November 4, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24)
Dig Deeper: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
The kind of accountability I mean isn't a strict teacher who threatens to crack your knuckles with a ruler if you step out of line.
Think of accountability as a scuba apparatus. It's the air you breathe underwater, allowing you to explore more than you ever would be able to on your own.
That's what I mean by accountability. It's a support system.
But don't think of yourself all alone in the big, cold ocean, with no one around but a few schools of fish and the occasional life-threatening shark. How about this? What if, instead of imagining yourself diving in the ocean with your own scuba gear strapped to your back, you pictured yourself down there with a few close friends? Now that you have that picture in your mind, imagine that the people diving with you are the ones with the air tanks strapped to their backs, and anytime you need a puff of air, they offer you their mouthpiece and let you breathe in that life-giving oxygen.
In other words, without those people around you, you would drown. That's accountability.
—Craig Gross in Open
My Response: Who keeps me from drowning in the struggles, trials, and temptations I face? If I can't think of anyone, I will make a list of a few men who might serve this purpose.
Adapted from Open by Craig Gross (Thomas Nelson, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Heavenly Father, forgive me for any secret sins that are currently weighing me down; show me the freedom and personal growth that can come through being real and honest with a few grace-filled Christian friends.
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