Our relationships require balance as well, if they are to be healthy. Two characteristics of healthy relationships which must be kept in balance are illustrated below.
Too much acceptance, without any accountability can quickly make it too easy to not try too hard to grow or change. Addictions will fool us into thinking we’re doing OK when we’re not really making progress. Too much acceptance makes it easy for us to not change. Unless there is someone there to ask us to give an account of our efforts, urge us to try harder next time, offer us some suggestions, we may settle for less than we ought to have.
Too much accountability is every bit as dangerous as not enough. Accountability which seems harsh, demanding, or judgmental will drive people out of the fellowship or relationship, leaving them isolated and perhaps disenfranchised.
The key is the balance.
As we continue to commune here, let’s try to be daily mindful of these two essential values and how balancing them allows us to ACComplish amazing things together.