Today’s verse: Romans 14: 12 “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
I attended a leadership conference once on accountability. We used a tool called the Accountability Pathway. It illustrates how to move from being unaccountable to accountable. Although it was developed for business use, I find it helpful to apply to everyday life. Basically it stresses that you have to make commitments and be resolved to keep them. If you don’t keep them, you need to figure out why. I keep this printout on my bulletin board in my office to remind myself daily that only I am accountable for my actions.
So let’s apply this to some of our situations. We smoke, we do drugs, we overeat, we gamble….we have whatever addiction we have and we want to make a commitment to stop. According to this model, if we are unaccountable, we can be somewhere on the unaccountable pathway. First is to be unaware of our situation. I think most of us are well aware of our addictions. So what’s next? We then move to blaming others for our failures. That’s an easy one to do. We blame others or we blame situations, but we don’t blame ourselves take any accountability for our actions.
Next on the pathway is the temptation to make “I can’t excuses”. If you are like me, we have all been there before. We just can’t quit now, we just will do it later, but we can find lots of excuses why now is not a good time. Finally, there’s the wait and hope phase. We wait and hope that things will get better. We wait and hope that someone will fix it for us. We never take accountability because we are sure that in the future, whatever led us to our addiction will improve, and then we can take charge of our lives.
To be accountable, we have to move past these stages and acknowledge reality. Do we really want to make it happen? Are we committed? Once we have acknowledged this reality, we must own the commitment. We can’t just say we will do it, we have to really own it and do it. So how do we do it? We find solutions. Easier said than done, but if we own the commitment, we will find a solution. Whether this is joining a self-help group, getting a no-smoking patch, going on a diet, we have to find a way out. Finally, we have to make it happen! This is the most difficult point, but it is the end game. We need to always work towards this goal.
Throughout all of these phases, God will be with us by our side. We need to always lean on him for strength and motivation. We will all be held accountable before the Lord one day, and I for one want to be at peace when I meet my Maker.
Blessings to everyone on their pathway to accountability!
Today’s Healthy Living Menu Idea
Skinny Mac N Cheese
1 1/2 lbs cauliflower (head of a large head or 1 small head)
8 oz. uncooked elbow macaroni (2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, peeled
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or chicken broth
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbsp. flour
8 oz. (2 cups grated) reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup 2% plain low-fat Greek yogurt
Salt and pepper
Cut cauliflower into large chunks, keeping core intact. Grate cauliflower florets – will need 3 cups
Place cauliflower and macaroni in a large microwave safe dish. Slice garlic into dish.
Whisk together chicken stock, milk and flour until blended. Pour over items in cauliflower and macaroni and mix well.
Microwave, covered on High 17-20 minutes or until macaroni is tender, stirring once halfway through cooking.
Remove dish from microwave (will be hot!). Add yogurt and 1 1/2 cup of grated cheese and stir until well blended. Season to taste with salt and pepper and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Microwave on high for one minute or until cheese is melted.