“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, NLT)
There is a reason that A.A., Celebrate Recovery, and Covenant Eyes
suggest require a Sponsor or Accountability Partner. It is more than just a good idea! Having this partner/friend ‘watching your back‘ helps you succeed. When I fall, my friend can reach out and help me get back up and back on track. My partner encourages me and makes me want to do better. My Accountability Partner is someone that I can confide in, and that will pray for me – and with me – when things are especially difficult.
“If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.”
(Ecclesiastes 4:10, NLT)
What is accountability? It is being responsible, answerability, reporting to, liability. An Accountability Partner is kind of like having a type of liability insurance. Covenant Eyes suggests that a good Accountability Partner will be “conversational but confidential, and challenging but not condemning.”
Do you already have an Accountability Partner? If not, how do you choose who? Sometimes the choice is obvious: spouse, best friend, family member, church family. Sometimes there isn’t an obvious answer. Please feel free to reach out to Vision61 by email via the contact page or Facebook Group.
Do you need to fill the role of Accountability Partner for someone you care about? Please feel free to reach out to Vision61 by email via the contact page for more information, resources, and support.