Cultivating an eternal perspective. What do we mean by that? We mean cultivating the ability to view situations and make decisions based on God’s values and principles. Let’s get a quick pulse on where your perspective is at before we go any further.
Do you have a system for making decisions?
Can you wait to gratify a desire until you have considered if it is best for you?
Do you know your values and the principles you follow?
The Importance of an Eternal Perspective
Values, principles, and decision making systems equip us you make thought-out, intentionally choices about how we spend our time, who we interact with, what we spend money on, and more. Without an eternal perspective on these things, we can slip into operating our lives based on the urgent.
When we start to drift in our spiritual life, or away from our principles and values, we often do so when choices come arise unexpectedly. The pressure to make a decision quickly can derail us if we don’t have systems in place to help us stay focused on the God’s ultimate, eternal, plan for us.
As Bob Willbanks, founder of Ambassadors for Business, contemplates cultivating an eternal perspective he shares highlights from a seminar he attended where Andy Stanley spoke. Bob reflects on the three great decisions leaders make that Andy talked about. Listen to Bob discussing these ideas on the Connecting Faith and Work podcast below.
How to Lead Yourself and Others
Andy Stanley said there are three decisions great leaders make:
- They will not lie to themselves even when it makes them feel bad about themselves
- Great leaders prioritize what they value most over what they want now
- They do not attempt to lead themselves by themselves
Firstly, Andy focuses on being self-aware. Great leaders won’t let themselves hide behind lies even when they’d feel better about themselves if they did. Instead, great leaders are transparent about their mistakes and take action to overcome those errors.
Secondly, great leaders take the time to intentionally prioritize the things they value most. Another term for this is “delayed gratification.” Are you willing to pass up on something, or wait on it, because it doesn’t advance what you value most? Cultivating an eternal perspective equips you to prioritize the right things in all areas of your life.
As Christians, we are running a race. There is a defined goal and a path for us to follow. As we contemplate the mission God has called us to it prompts us to consider whether we are making our decisions in light of that mission.
In addition, great leaders, and anyone who wants to fulfill their unique calling, must surround themselves with quality people for accountability and encouragement. Being with people and talking about things of eternal nature keep us from drifting in our leadership, and in our spiritual growth.
Eternal Perspective Character Qualities
In conclusion, Bob closes the podcast episode with Psalm 15:1-5 and breaks down what this means for us a leaders, and as those who are seeking to an eternal perspective. The character qualities found in this passage highlight the type of person we need to be as we follow God.
“Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain? The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.”
Psalm 15:1-5Psalm 15:1-5
In this passage, David describes the righteous man who walks in integrity and gains the respect of others and an audience with God. This is a self-awareness moment. Measure yourself against this passage, and come back to it often. Share with your friends of like-mind and spirit so together you can stay the course.