Are your choices scaring you? Are they scaring the people who care about you? It’s apparent you can’t get off the self-sabotaging cycle. And, worse still, your behavior tarnishes your witness as a Christ-follower.


You’ve tried. You’ve prayed. You’ve white-knuckled long enough. Maybe it’s time to join (or start) an accountability group.


Think about it. Your life isn’t only about you. Other people are depending on you. Whether at work, at home or in your community, you have a purpose. Some may even be looking to you as a model for how to live their lives.


When your name comes up in conversation, what do people say?


In 1 Thessalonians 1:8b (AMPC), Paul spoke these words to the Thessalonians: “Everywhere the report has gone forth of your faith in God [of your leaning of your whole personality on Him].”


Wouldn’t you love to be known for your faith in God? But if the conversations about you are filled with concern rather than with admiration, something needs to change. What can you do to help yourself make better choices? Choices others can feel good about. Choices you can feel good about.


What is keeping you from leaning your whole personality (including everything that makes you do the things you do) on God? To help you answer these questions, it may help to ask yourself, what is one habit or sinful behavior I’d like to stop doing?


Then decide whether you’re willing to do whatever it takes to stop doing it.


People often shun accountability because they don’t want anybody to know their business. And they hate for people to think they’re weak. But isn’t it worse for them to see your life spiraling out of control, apparently unwilling to do anything about it?


Wouldn’t people respect you more if they saw you taking steps to turn your life around?


A Christian accountability group can help you make better choices. In time, you can help others in the group make better choices, too. How would it change the way you lived if you were part of a group who encouraged you to trust God with your entire personality?


And how would living this way help you share Christ with those who are also scared about the direction their life is going?


Next week we'll discuss ideas on how to start an accountability group. If you’re in the Carrabelle, Florida, and the surrounding areas and would like to be part of a Christian women’s accountability group, please email me.


Sheryl H. Boldt is the author of the blog, www.TodayCanBeDifferent.net. You can reach her at SherylHBoldt@gmail.com.