I ran my first 10K today. I was very nervous about it because I am not used to running on asphalt or running on hills (I run on my treadmill).
I was fine the first couple of miles because the course was flat, but when I hit my first incline, I struggled. It was then that Hebrews 12:1 came to mind, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us” (NLT).
I thought about all the people that knew I would be in the 10K and it made me try harder to finish well. I suppose this is what accountability is all about—we know that others are watching so we need to keep going and not give up. I guess this is why there is so much talk about personal accountability in the Christian life. For example, it’s tempting to think that no one will find out about an indiscretion, but God knows and the Bible says, “For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light” (Mark 4:22). I think this is a form of accountability.
We all need accountability—someone who will ask the tough questions in order to keep us on track. Even if we don’t have that one person who will act as our “accountability partner,” we need to keep in mind that God will hold us accountable—“… it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do” (Ecc 11:9).
I am thankful that God holds me accountable because it helps me to think about my actions before I do them. I think this kind of accountability will help all of us to run the race and not give up so that we can eventually finish strong.