Perspective and Accountability

This is a featured post by Janelle Spira.  Janelle is a freshman in SFS and her words are more eloquent than Shakespeare's.

This is a featured post by Janelle Spira. Janelle is a freshman in SFS and her words are more eloquent than Shakespeare's.

Life at Georgetown is tumultuous.

Each day consists of a melee of classes, clubs, meetings, impromptu conversations, obligations, and responsibilities. It can be easy to allow ourselves to get sucked into the jet engine that powers our high speed lives.

For me, perspective and accountability are crucial to maintaining my lucidity. I find it difficult to relax, breath, and stop constantly cycling through the list of obligations in the back of my mind. Sometimes, I even catch myself thinking of reading the Bible as yet another onerous task rather than spending precious time with my Lord and Savior. C.S. Lewis summed up the concept of a lukewarm attitude towards God: "We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it." 

We cannot view God as a deus ex machine.  He is not a last resort, a character that suddenly enters the story and solves a problem that had previously seemed impossible to solve.  He is our Father and desires an intimate relationship with us.  If you desire to have a relationship with a person, what do you do? You spend time with that person.  You do not solely turn to him when you are struggling through difficult times.  Spending time demonstrates investment and the commitment to love.  Maintaining an open dialogue with God through prayer, worship, and reading of scripture is necessary to cultivate a relationship.

Despite the knowledge that I should spend more time with God, sometimes I still fail.  Thankfully, God loves me despite my occasional bankruptcy of spirit and provides me with perspective. In times of overwhelming stress, God shows me what truly matters. Psalm 46:10 says "Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." I am not the one being exalted; God is. My own mundane worries are nothing compared to the work God is doing in my life and the lives of the people around me.

Christians are not meant to be alone.  We are meant to be in fellowship with one another. Proverbs 27:17 declare: “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” We learn more about the nature of God and get to know Him better when we are in fellowship with other Christians who enlighten us, teach us, love us, and hold us accountable.  As human beings, we are fallible and prone to falling into temptation. It takes humility to tell others about our spiritual weaknesses; however, when we admit our shortcomings to our friends, they can hold us accountable.  Ask people to check up on you and ensure that you are actively pursing Christ through both your words and actions.

Christian friends are infinitely valuable: sharing core theological beliefs allows for relationships replete with depth and accountability. Engaging in fellowship with other Christians will succor your relationship with Christ and bring both you and your friend closer to God.