18 I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, 19 having faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith;
I Timothy 1:18-19
Paul and Timothy had a special relationship. Paul had known Timothy’s mother and grandmother and watched Timothy mature not only in years, but also in faith. And Paul helped to keep Timothy accountable to living his life in faith.
We often make plans or resolutions for a New Year, only to let those plans fall by the wayside as no one holds us accountable to our pledge. My best attempts at exercise have come when I have someone waiting in the early morning hours to join me for a walk. My best attempts at dieting have come when I am eating regularly with someone else who share a fitness goal. And this year I am staying pretty faithful to my daily reading of scripture knowing that I will be talking regularly with others about what we are all reading in “A Year of the Bible”.
Try connecting with a person or group to be your spiritual accountability partner this year.
God, we see lots of partnerships in the scriptures as people walk the path of faithful discipleship together. Lead me to a person who can help me stay accountable to those promises of faithfulness I have made to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.