Too often, they are riding the crest of their past success. Not too unlike a ‘former famous movie star’ who is riding the waves of past successes. These leaders have built a defense mechanism around themselves for self-preservation. They are actors on a stage, and we, the followers… are the audience. They lose their identity, while seeking corporate stardom; often at the sacrifice of life, career, and family… and too often, their spiritual strength.
We are cautioned in …Luke 6:42 – How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
For a leader to maintain his success…he will have to ‘reinvent himself’ on an on-going basis… in order to keep up with all the innovational changes that is necessary to stay competitive. Over the last twenty years… the computer and internet has left a lot of leaders on the sidelines… making way for a ‘new-generation’ of leaders.
If we, as leaders… don’t adapt to the ever-changing business/corporate climate… then we will be left behind. I know that in the last few years of my career have been a real challenge… keeping up with all the new innovations has been a tad difficult… to say the least. Fortunately, though… my needs and my skill-sets seemed to have been relatively compatible. To be honest… if I was still ‘knee-deep’ in the marketplace…I would be in ‘big-trouble.’ I ‘faked it’ about as long as I could.
The more prepared we can become, the more aware we are of these higher truths as we “do business” with the world, the less we suffer, the more we grow, and the more meaning and satisfaction we can find in our ‘worldly life.’ Remember this… rather it is at home, at work, or in church… “Our success flows where our attention goes.”
This same preparation holds true in our ‘spiritual successes.’ If we don’t stay ‘on top’ of our relationship with God… then we risk becoming… ‘spiritual imposters.’ We are ‘acting the part’ of a Christian, when in fact… we are pretending to be Christian. We are just going through the motions. But unlike the ‘worldly stage,’…. there is no-room for ‘faking it until you make it.’ When our spiritual life, and eternity… are at stake… then we must stay Spiritually prepared.
We can maintain our ‘spiritual success’ by following Solomon’s advice in… Proverbs 3:6 – In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.