“Just finished my workout. R U up?”
“Tomorrow is February 1, you know. Did you write it yet?”
“Doing this study with you is really helping me be more consistent with my quiet times.”
Those are just a FEW of the text, Skype and Facebook messages I’ve received recently, encouraging me to stick with my goals. Somehow, I have managed to stumble into accountability in just about every area of my life. From my faith to my health to my blogging, my goals are getting a boost from some amazing women.
Mandy sends me a text message, Facebook message or both every single day, asking me if I’ve worked out and encouraging me to stick with it, give it my best and – in general – “git ‘er done!” I told her she’s like my own personal Jillian Michaels, which I meant in the nicest way possible. (Mostly. She works out at dark o’clock in the morning, so her texts come mighty early for this night owl!)
Jill is the first person I told about my certifiably insane idea to run a half-marathon this year. As a matter of fact, she’s doing it with me. And while she doesn’t have more pounds than I care to say to lose like I do, she’s thrown herself into working out and has even [brace yourself] given up sugar. Every time I confess to slipping in my resolve to make healthy choices, she threatens to drive 12 hours and give me more than a virtual kick in the pants!
Tricia is all business when it comes to blogging, but she’s all heart when it comes to loving her friends. When I told her I had some dreams for changing things up on my blog, she told me in no uncertain terms that I needed to just do it – and do it now. Then she held my hand and prayed for me. Then she reminded me that time was passing and urged me to quit procrastinating and write!
Brittany is younger than me, and for a while, I fancied myself a possible mentor for her. Instead, she’s become one of my most favorite and closest friends who inspires me to love the Lord and His people more. And, she does our Bible study homework daily. Like we’re supposed to. Instead of all at once a few hours before we meet. (Like somebody I know…that’s me…I’m talking about me here.)
It’s been a long time since I’ve had so many women standing by me and encouraging me to do more, to live more. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I’ve ever had so much accountability in so many parts of my life at the same time. And, it’s no coincidence, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such growth in my life at one time, either.
I’m reading through the One Year Bible (again), and I love this verse from the Old Testament:
When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. (Exodus 17:12)
I realize that this particular Bible story is about teamwork and leadership, but the way I see it, it’s also about friendship and not going it alone. And THAT is what I’m thankful to have in my life today.
The women I mentioned – and several others – are speaking truth into my life, walking beside me in a pursuit of excellence and holding my hands up. And the result is a beautiful picture, if you’ll imagine it with me: My amazing friends and me, with our hands raised to God. Together, we’re following God and honoring Him with our lives – something that’s a lot harder to do when you stand alone.
Do you have someone in your life who holds up your hands, who walks with you through struggles and stumbling blocks? Who keeps you accountable?Leave a Comment