Accountability is the secret ingredient to a mature successful life. Why do we assume because we are adults and have lived 3 decades or more, that we know what is best for ourselves in all circumstances? I can’t tell you how many people I’ve encountered over the years who could have avoided serious life tragedies such as job loss, divorce, parenting blunders, financial failures, and many others, if they had only sought wise counsel. Just because we are adults does not mean we have all the answers or the best solutions. Hopefully after reading this, you will be provoked to think about what or who is deciding what is best for your life or assisting you to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. Are you the only authority or accountability for your life? Is it the culture you live in that subconsciously dictates what is best for you? Could it be the biased opinion of one or more family members? Or, maybe google is your only accountability.
There are some instances with warning signs or people who truly love us who take the chance of being honest with us, only to be rejected by our foolish pride or ignorance.
“If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know.” – 1 Corinthians 8:2
There is something to be said about an informed decision. Most significant decisions requires assessing the situation from different angles. Life is too short to move forward on assumption or false security.
“Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,” -Proverbs 1:5
Of course the best wisdom on the face of the earth is from God Almighty. Do we seek direction from God through His word and prayer before making important decisions?
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” -James 1:5
All of us should be seeking God and learning from someone who can be objective, knows more and has more experience with a proven track record. Even a mentor needs a mentor. It keeps us on our toes and creates accountability. Humility breeds true greatness. It is a wise person who knows when guidance is needed.
“There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.” -Proverbs 20:15