As a Chaplain for our local Fire Department, I was asked to join in a tour of a very large consignment store here in town (4 stories tall…including a full basement). It is a common practice to tour such buildings in town in case there is a fire, then the firefighters have a better understanding of the layout.
As we were touring the building I heard several of the firefighters state that accountability is everything. Wow! They get it. They knew that if they were to ever enter this facility during a fire that they would need each other more than ever. It’s amazing the amount of trust they have in each other. They understand their role. They’re ok with the responsibility they’ve been given. There’s no question as to who does what. They have each other's backs. Entering the fire isn’t just about self-awareness, it’s about being aware as to where each is during the fire.
We all enter fiery trials in life. It isn’t just in the moment that we know who will hold us accountable…accountability begins way in advance before ever entering the fire. Who is that in life for you? Who are you doing life with that you know will be there to hold you accountable no matter what situation life throws at you? Men, don’t enter these times alone. Develop friendships and accountability early and often. Maybe trust has been broken in the past, so be it, get over it and move on. You need someone(s) today!!! Why? Because ACCOUNTABILITY IS EVERYTHING!!!
Practicing His Presence,
Passages to Consider:
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT) 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT) So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Acts 4:36 (NLT) For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.
Acts 11:22-26 (NLT) 22 When the church at Jerusalem heard what had happened, they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw this evidence of God’s blessing, he was filled with joy, and he encouraged the believers to stay true to the Lord. 24 Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and strong in faith. And many people were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went on to Tarsus to look for Saul. 26 When he found him, he brought him back to Antioch. Both of them stayed there with the church for a full year, teaching large crowds of people. (It was at Antioch that the believers were first called Christians.)
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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