Definition of accountability. the quality or state of being accountable; especially : an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions. Merriam Webster
I believe that one of the reasons we love the sport of Pro BBQ is because of our competitive nature. We Love to Compete (to strive consciously or unconsciously for an objective (such as position, profit, or a prize) : be in a state of rivalry). At the core of competition is accountability. When we turn in that box, let it go, and walk away, we take responsibility for what we have entered and it’s off to the judging table where it is evaluated, and scored. In the end, the scores are put up against everyone else for the ultimate accountability for the day… RESULTS.
At the end of the day, there is no more conversation, no more “selling” what we produced, no “explaining” why it turned out the way it did….Nothing.. complete silence.. the end of our ability to impact the results.
This quiet Saturday morning at the gym, I was doing my cardio, as usual, and watching the news headlines. Politician after politician, news anchor, political analyst, party officials…one after another, pitching their perspective, throwing out the “lines” and “talking points” they are selling us Americans. And all the while, knowing that they are twisting and manipulating the “Truth” to fit their agenda. The interesting point in all of this is that the conversation never finishes. There is no accountability for previous conversations, and the “talking points” they are pitching today will vanish in tomorrow’s headlines… This has created a culture of zero accountability and particularly, zero shame.
In the end, there will be complete accountability for what we have done on this earth during our “dash”… Feb 13, 1962 ---- ? Your and my bible is clear:
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. 14 So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. 15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. 16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most. [Heb 4:13-16 NLT]
It’s very true, you can escape accountability… until you meet Jesus! At that time, it’s Game over, Silence, turn in for judgement. No explanations, no twisting, no perverting agendas, nothing…complete silence. And the verdict will be either Heaven or Hell for eternity. Are you ready for being held accountable for your life? Are you willing to stand before God for judgement on your own? I’m not, that’s why I gave my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior who will stand with me, and for me at that moment. You can have the same end result, by making the choice to give your whole heart, your life, to Jesus Christ. Today would be a great day to do that, you and I are not promised tomorrow. What are you waiting for? Give it to God.
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)