"For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever" - 1 John 2:16-17.
It can be difficult to keep an eye on the eternal when the temporary is all around, pressing in and demanding attention and energy. Leaders can get caught up in the urgency of life and the exhilaration of power, for they are important people in their world who have command over workers and resources. They can become accustomed to their own importance, losing track of the transient nature of their power and existence. For that not to happen, leaders must humble themselves and stay focused on the fact that they will not lead and live forever, all the while storing up treasures in heaven by using their power and resources to do God's will, help people, and perform meaningful work.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to determine where your treasure is—in the here or the hereafter. Are you mindful that your days are numbered, both in your current position and in your days on earth? What are you doing to build a godly legacy that will outlive you and maybe even other's memory of you? Are you caught up in the excitement of power or grounded in the humility of your limitations? Is your inspiration the boastful pride of this life or the lasting joy of eternal life?