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June 23, 2010Read: Matthew 27

"Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him saying, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' Jesus said to him, 'It is as you say.'" --Matthew 27:11

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You've probably seen that note in your inbox from time to time. And while it always strikes me as funny to receive it (seeing as I've already read the message), I can definitely relate to the person who sent it. How many times have I said something that I want to quickly retract? Even if I felt I had the right to sound off, I often want to hit the recall button and take it all back. Unfortunately, the damage I caused with my big mouth is already done.

"Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him saying, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' Jesus said to him, 'It is as you say.' And while He was being accused of the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. Then Pilate said to Him, 'Do you not hear how many things they testify against you?' But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly." --Matthew 27:11-14

If anyone had the right to speak up, Jesus did. In His own defense He could have breathed a small hurricane, or whispered a call for the angels to flank His side, but He didn't. Innocent of all charges, our hopeless calls for help left Him speechless, and our fate was sealed with His lips.

So today, let's challenge ourselves to hold our tongues, even when nobody would blame us. And when the urge to show teeth in anger overwhelms, let's remember that lions don't have to roar.

Jesus -- the lamb Himself -- taught us that.

--J.P.

ACCOUNT-ABILITY Building a support structure is an easier way to reach your goals We've been talking about practical steps toward better health and fitness. We've looked at creating  a no-buy zone for the kitchen, and daily decisions when you're out and about to help burn extra calories. Today, we want you to tell someone about your commitment and ask them to hold you to your goals.

Perhaps you want someone to hold you accountable to: Lose five pounds this month Only have one desert this week Exercise at least 30 minutes each day for five days straight All of the above

What is the one goal you want to accomplish more than anything else? Wanna lose 50 pounds in a year? Run a marathon? Drop five dress sizes? We want you to share it, because we want you to achieve it. If you don't tell us, tell someone. Put yourself out there and commit to it.

>> CREATE YOUR OWN WORKOUT JOURNAL: Accountability starts here. Start building your own support system by keeping a PrayFit workout journal. To get started, click here.

Originally posted 3/24/10.