05 October 2010

Accountability: Mutually Beneficial

Bouncing ideas off each other is often thought of as a collaborative practice, but it's also good for accountability, for checking to see if our ideas are really the best way forward.

I've had good friends ask questions at just the right time to help me see something I was ignoring or unaware of. Very helpful! It's good to have friends challenge us before we do something dumb, rather than our critics make a big noise after we've misbehaved or underperformed.

“Every day men fail morally, spiritually, relationally, and financially; not because they don’t want to succeed but because they have blind spots and weak spots which they surmise they can handle on their own. They can't. And they lose their families, their businesses, their jobs, their . . . ." p 336 The Man in the Mirror, Patrick Morley

Choose one of the following quotes or proverbs as a reminder to yourself to ask advice, seek accountability or include someone else in your thought processes toward decisions.

Ehare koe i te ringa huti punga. ~ Maori Proverb

It is no little thing, o arm, to haul up the anchor!

Try hauling it up with one arm. You can do so, but it is a real struggle with many setbacks.

Ehare taku toa i te toa takitahi engari he toa takitini. ~ Maori Proverb

My valour is not that of the individual, but that of the multitude.

No one can survive alone.

“Iron sharpens iron.

So one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 27:17

The life which is unexamined is not worth living. Plato

Two heads are better than one!

For more on what the Bible has to say about mutually beneficial relationships, see Galatians 6:1-2, Philippians 2:4, John 13:34, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, Proverbs 27:6, and Proverbs 27:17.

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