Back in June I found this online challenge for the month of July where every day you would do squats, pushups, crunches, and plank and you would increase the time/amount each day. I thought it might be fun to do with someone else so I asked my friend Lexi to do it with me, and then I asked my friend Toria, and then I invited my sister Deanne to and then my friend Meghan joined. We started a text group where we could encourage and hold each other accountable to get it done. I was pleasantly surprised at how encouraging it really was and how every day I did those exercises even when I didn’t feel like it because I knew that my friends would ask me. Then the challenge ended, but our daily encouragement and accountability didn’t. We still cheer each other on, hold each other accountable, exchange our favorite recipes and photos of each other after completed workouts. Then it morphed from just talking about weight loss, fitness, and healthy food to also sharing the tough stuff and the big stuff and the good stuff. They have become my safe space where I can share my heart without judgement and I know that they will encourage and cheer me on. It is a gift beyond description.
Through this group of ladies I have been reminded of something that I always knew, we need each other. We were not made to do life alone. I think that when God said it was not good for man to be alone he wasn’t just referring to the husband and wife scenario. I think He knew that when we do life together it just goes better. When we have our people cheering us on and asking us the hard questions we can lose the weight, and quit the bad habit, and create new good habits, and learn better ways to live. Life is so much more full when we live it side by side, with open hearts and shared words. Accountability and relationship and community… they are game and life changers. They remind you that you aren’t alone and that life is hard but it’s easier with your people. We need each other, plain and simple.
Have you been trying to quit smoking? Find someone to hold you accountable! Have you been trying to lose weight? Find people to hold you accountable! Do you want to workout more? Find people to hold you accountable! Do you want to read more or be more consistent in the time you spend with the Lord or be less fearful or take more chances? Find someone to hold you accountable! Find your people, be vulnerable with them, connect with them and watch as deep and good and true community literally changes your life.