Finely-Tuned Accountability

Paul Hostetter

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Philemon 1:4-7

How well do we tune in to other people? Living together in harmony requires that we listen to each other carefully, adjust our responses accordingly and play out life together like a grand symphony. We are all accountable to each other to create harmony.

This reflection addresses our responsibility for people who are timid and weak. Paul tells us plainly, “Be patient with everyone!”

Our granddaughter Emily was known as one of the shyest girls in her high school class. Her mother is a very good listener and loves Emily dearly. After visiting several colleges Emily fell in love with the most expensive one. Her parents were in shock. Her dad protested, “Four years at this college will cost more than the value of our house!” But Emily did not flinch. She responded, “I have never asked you for anything, but my mind is made up. I want to go to The College of Wooster!” How often had we failed to hear Emily until that moment?

“Well,” said her mom, “I will go to work full time if necessary and we will support your choice.” And she has. Not a cop-out but a finely-tuned response.


Lord, give us ears to hear and hearts to respond always.