I’ve know Aaron Baker for awhile now. He has been a cameraman at WOSN for close to a decade and then, when he got a job at Waynesfield-Goshen high school, I asked him to become the FCA advisor of the Tigers and he agreed.
Last Friday after Sports Report, and after the truck crews had returned from their broadcast games, he said to me, “I know what your New Year’s resolution is (because he had read it in ‘Points of Life’). Do you want to know mine?”
“Of course!” I replied.
He then told me that he wants to read the Bible every day and asked that everyone who was in the sports office at the time, to hold him accountable.
We agreed and the next day, we started tweeting to one another, and a third friend. It was a brief 140 characters about what passage we had read, and what we had learned.
On Sunday, I woke up with my alarm, which meant I would be pushing it just to get to my new Coaches group at Crossroads Church of God, just east of Lima. I wasn’t up early enough to read my Bible. I had a great morning with 7 Coaches and then made my way over to Lima Community Church to be a coach for 1st and 2nd graders. I was doing good, impactful things. That’s when Aaron tweeted about the passage in Genesis he had read.
I smiled. It wasn’t that I was purposefully planning on not reading my Bible that day. But before I ducked downstairs to be with those students, I typed out a quick reply. “so glad you posted this. In the busyness of the morning I didn’t read and probably wouldn’t have. But now I will.”
And I did. Not because Aaron strong-armed me or made me feel guilty. But because we have set out to accomplish something together. We know that reading the Bible everyday will help us grow closer to God and so, we are there to encourage one another to do it faithfully.
That’s what accountability does.
“Therefore, encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
“Iron sharpens iron, So one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17)
Who do you have to help keep you accountable for those areas of focus we talked about last week? I would love to help.