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Positive Accountability (Fitness #7)

fitness Feb 02, 2021

In episode 7 of the fitness series, we take up the issue of accountability.

In many circles, we have a default “negative” reaction to the word. We think of accountability as a person or group of people who keep us in line— by making sure we don’t do something we’re not supposed to do.


One of the most powerful things you can do for your overall health is to find a group of people who will journey with you. Now, we don’t mean a group of “fans” are “acquaintances” but- rather- truly deep friendships. The kind the Bible describes. The ones who sharpen you (Proverbs 27:17). The ones who can tell you what you don’t want to hear that you desperately NEED to hear (Proverbs 27:6).

That last one is important.

We meet people all the time who suggest they have a group of accountability parters who walk with them. People who tell them what they need to hear. Turns out, they often don’t. They have a group of friends who will tell them what they WANT to hear, but won’t challenge them when they need it the most.

Those friends confess, “Yes, I love ___________, and we’re friends, but our relationship won’t carry the weight of me telling them ____________.”

Generally, they say the friend will cut them off emotionally or relationally… or argue back against them.

That’s not a support system. The support system is designed to uphold us when we’re crashing- even when we don’t know we’re crashing.


All that said, the greater thrust of accountability should be positive— that we have a group of people who believe in us and want to call forth (and hold us to the standard of) the greatness inside of us.

In this talk, we discuss the importance of others…

Look back at every situation in your life, good and bad. And, we guarantee you that that were people involved. You had people who “pulled you down” or people who “pushed you higher.”

(This doesn’t absolve you of personal responsibility for failures and indiscretions, nor does it rob you of the applause and recognition due you. Rather, it shows the importance of relationships.)


Links for this talk—

Read section four of the Advance book-- 

Join Andy’s “Oola” group at 


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