Whenever I start a new devotional or Bible study I have found recently that having an accountability partner has blessed me a lot. Some people don’t know exactly what that is so I thought that I would explain it here and give you a few helpful tips on finding one or how to be one.
It is so easy for us to get caught up with the busyness of life. Let’s admit it, we all have good intentions of starting a devotional or Bible study but sometimes we don’t follow through. Things distract us and we mean well but sometimes we just get off track. Trust me I’ve struggled with that and still do. Being honest here, life can sometimes be overwhelming and crazy at times when we least expect it to be. An accountability partner is someone who helps to keep you focus and on track. They check on you to see how your quiet time is going but most of all they pray for you.
I’ve put together a few questions that I hope will help you when deciding who would be a good choice and fit for you as your accountability partner.
1. Does this person share the same faith as you?
I can’t stress this enough. Having the same faith is a vital part and number one thing to take into consideration. If the person doesn’t share your faith then I can almost guarantee you that they probably aren’t the right choice to help you keep accountable. You need someone that shares the same values as you and your love for God.
Just like the Bible talks about not being unequally yoked in a relationship it is the same when you are looking for an accountability partner as well. If they don’t share your beliefs and love for God then they won’t fully understand what you are trying to learn and study and could potentially cause you problems and question your faith. You need someone that is 100% on board with your faith.
2. Do you feel comfortable with this person?
Next, being comfortable around them is another big issue. If you feel like you can’t be yourself and real with them then they are probably the right choice. You need to feel like you can be honest with them and open.
This is such an important thing because if you are anything like me it’s hard to be transparent and real but it’s very important for your Spiritual growth. If you aren’t comfortable with them it could cause you to not be completely honest which isn’t good.
If you miss a day of devotions or quiet time it would be harder to tell them. You have to trust them enough to be vulnerable with them. Make sure you are comfortable with the person.
3. How often do you communicate with this person?
I feel this is another key point. If you don’t already communicate with the person chances are you won’t communicate with them during your quiet time devotions as your accountability partner.
Communication is key! It’s good to practice great communication with the person before considering them as your partner. The thing I always remember when choosing a person to help me is I need to already be communicating with them as least a couple times a week. It’s very important!
Being an accountability partner they need to check in on you at least three to four times a week if not more. It doesn’t have to be long but even a simple text or message just checking in and asking how’s your quiet time going is acceptable. The thing to remember is good communication will make things easier for both parties.
These questions are important! There are more you could take into consideration but I thought these three were the most important. I ask these questions all the time. Although I referred to these to help you choose an accountability partner for Bible Study and Devotions the same concept to be applied to anything you may need help keeping accountable for. I hope this helps explain and you understand more about accountability partners. I will be praying for you all as you think and pray about whether an accountability partner is right for you or if you want to be one.
What has worked for you? Feel free to share your experience in the comments. If you have any more questions don’t hesitate to comment or message me. I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Grace Mae ❤