My true conviction is this – a person who is never accountable to anyone for anything at any time, will not move ahead in life but actually decline and go backwards. Whether the setting is a school, a business, a sports team, a government, or a family home, there needs to be a measure of accountability. Lots of people run from being accountable to someone. They may honestly think, as an autonomous human being, that they are accountable to no one. They may rebel against the concept and refuse such an opportunity. They may be afraid and insecure and not want anyone else to call them to account. Let me list a few benefits of being accountable to another person or a group of people. It can help to build friendships, to avoid destructive patterns of behaviour, to strengthen character, to combat discouragement, to cope with loneliness, to manage failure, to receive counsel and comfort, to resolve pressing problems, to exchange creative ideas, to stay balanced, to energize faith, and to walk with integrity. I would encourage you to seek a relationship of accountability and to become a better person through that process!