I know you are already thinking that I am absolutely crazy and that you totally agree that accountability is necessary. But, here is the thing: this world we live in is without accountability and people not taking responsibility for their actions. This world is teaching these new generations that everyone else is at fault and they deserve no blame. This world is teaching that your feelings mean more than facts.
Are you still with me or have you started to already disagree with me because you are one of the ones who believes in feelings over facts?
I am not here to say that your feelings aren’t valid. They are very valid and you feel the way you feel for a certain reason but those feelings are not a get out of jail free card. You can feel however the heck you want to feel but that does not mean that we do not need to be held accountable for our actions and take responsibility. If we don’t start now then this thing we called adulting is about to suck so dang badly.
I pose a question to you: When we leave this earth and find ourselves standing with Christ, we are going to be held accountable for the life that we were living, so why aren’t we starting now? If you were to die today and found yourself at the seat of Christ what would He say: “great job my good & faithful servant” or “do you really feel like you were perfect in this life & did absolutely no wrong”?
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Let me throw an example at you. I spend a lot of times at schools and sporting events because that is just what my life revolves around. The lack of accountability from the kids AND the adults is on another level. Example, we are going to keep this short and sweet: A child quits the team over 7 times during one season, even quits during a game and is let back on the team any time he decides that he wants to actually try again but once something does not go his way he will quit again. If you are wondering if there is any real consequences happening after he quits, just know that there isn’t. What are we exactly teaching this kid when it comes to accountability?
Let’s think about the workforce, if you were to quit your job one day because you had just had enough. You walk out in the middle of the day and take all of your stuff, just gone. How much of a chance do you think you would have if you walk in a few weeks later saying, “oh just kidding I’m back”, and they just let you start working again and start paying you all over again? I am going to have to say that it is very slim.
When I was younger, quitting was not an option. I was either going to finish the season or I was going to finish the season, that’s it. I truly believe that because of that, it is easier for me now to commit to things and follow through even when things get tough or aren’t exactly going the way I thought they would.
Another question: are we really preparing these kids for adulting? Cause this stuff is hard and if we are preparing these kids to quit everything in life and that it is ok, what exactly are they going to get out of this life?
If you talk to the professional athletes do you know what they will tell you when you ask them how they got them to where they are? 100% they will tell you it is because they never quit, they kept going even when things got tough. Either them or somebody else kept them accountable in the process.
If you ask someone who built their company from the ground up how they did it, I could bet you anything they will say that they never quit. They kept going until they got things right. They did the hard things regardless if they were going their way. They kept themselves accountable (or somebody else did) because having the life they wanted was at stake. The success they wanted was up for grabs if they just kept going.
There is some many lessons we can get from all of this and those valuable lessons are not being taught to some of these kids nowadays. We always hear that these children are our future. If they are our future, then why aren’t we helping them to be great? Why are we giving them a way out? Why are we making them feel like they are entitled to a life that they don’t have to work hard for? We all know how hard it is to adult so why aren’t we teaching those valuable lessons at an early age?
I pray that I am teaching my child to one day be called a good and faithful servant. I pray that you and your kids get called a good a faithful servant. I pray that this world gets so much better. I pray that we start to hold people accountable for their actions instead of just letting them slide by. I pray that we keep going even when things aren’t going our way. I pray that we teach these kids how to lean towards God when things do start getting tough. I pray that we start preparing our kids for the next step in life. I pray that we never quit on the life that God has so graciously given us.