Imagine for a moment what is valuable to you. We all have people we hold dear, items we cherish, and precious experiences and memories.
What is your most valuable treasure? If you’re not sure, ponder for a moment what your heart runs after.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21 ESV
I love my perfect-for-me husband and spending happy moments with my kids. I enjoy creating in tranquil blocks of time and worshipping with my church family.
But my greatest treasure trove is my relationship with God.
I delight in the gems I find in His Word. His promises are like gold. That Daily Time spent with Him is like a life raft alone in a vast ocean. God’s voice is like a precious pearl—a whole string of them. The wisdom He provides is a chest overflowing with diamonds, emeralds, and rubies. And His tangible presence at times during worship is matchless.
I have stars in my eyes as I think about it all. I must be dreaming, but nothing could be more real.
That same treasure can be found of anyone who seeks after Him with their whole heart.
You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 NASB
But do you want to know how I have kept mine? It wasn’t always this way, you know. I used to lose valuable insight. I let it get kind of dusty in the past.
A New Challenge
Several years ago, one of my Twitter friends was tweeting about a new challenge she had joined. I followed the link and watched a lady I’d never heard of share her story—except it was mine. She gave an honest confession of struggling to keep up with three important necessities. She’d wake up to one of her kids at her bedside asking for breakfast in the late morning, and would give them a grumpy greeting. She realized if she would wake up early, spend time with God, exercise, and plan her day, it could be a game changer. That’s when she (Kat Lee) started the HelloMornings Challenge.
I knew I needed that, but I hesitated at first. People were going to find out that I had that problem, too. If I joined this challenge, others were going to read my mail. Between the fear of missing out, and the fear of God I decided to join.
I was put into a group that was going through a Bible study together online. I realized others were up against the same struggles: Fluctuations in our fervency for God happen. Various circumstances arise. Seasons of life change. After all, we are humans living on earth.
The Truth about Accountability
I learned a powerful truth during those months of participation: every treasure needs a guard. We put our valuables in a safe, and money in the bank. A vault guards money the same way accountability guards consistency in our walk with God. It is the guard of our treasure.
Now I know we tend to evade the word accountability. I used to cringe at the thought of it. There were times when I didn’t like being answerable to another human being, but it was what I needed.
It works. God spoke through an influential person’s 40 days with God devotional I read as a teenager. I was fangirlin’, but she was the one that acted as an encourager through her book. I was able to build a Daily Time with God habit.
As a young adult, I desired to rebuild the habit I had lost. My mentor supplied me with another 40 days with God devotional. After that, my mentor suggested I read the “daily Proverbs” when I wanted to be consistent with my God time.
Accountability helped me thrive in my walk with God during those times. I wanted that again, so when I heard about HelloMornings I embraced the whole package—including the “checking in.”
9 Positive Aspects of Accountability
- The expectancy of your presence
- Someone cares and checks on you
- Sharing of insights
- A group and/or person prays for you
- Building of community
- Questions about what is being studied are answered
- Regular encouragement and cheering on
- “Iron sharpens iron” (Proverbs 27:17)
- We form friendships
Ways to Find Accountability
Face-to-face. Some wonderful mentoring can occur in real life. It’s biblical (Titus 2:3-5), and it’s where I found my greatest growth spurts in my walk with God. I highly recommend this, besides regular church attendance. Ask God to show you someone, or ask your pastor to suggest someone.
Coming soon right here. I’m working behind the scenes on some encouragement to stay nourished daily. I would love your prayers over the next few weeks as I am putting together what God has been laying on my heart.
The thought of being answerable to another person might make us evade accountability altogether. It takes humility.
But if we need it, then we need it!
I can remember a few distinct seasons in which I needed to build the habit of spending time with God on a daily basis. I couldn’t have done it on my own.
What other ways can we find accountability? Has it worked for you in the past?
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