Once upon a time...

She had a sparkle in her eye and a smile on her face, and she gave me an invitation to visit her at the bank again.

I was nice but walked away. However, the flattery had touched my soul, although not much. Yet, it was enough to make me realize that I needed to address the "soul-ish" transaction trying to take place. So I went to the Bible, and rehearsed the following verses:

For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. For by means of a whorish woman a man is brought to a piece of bread: and the adulteress will hunt for the precious life." - Proverbs 6:23-26

By the grace of God, I transcended.

Leading people is quite similar to this scenario. You are busy going about the routine transactions of business, then there is an interruption to your flow. A temptation to get off course, an unexpected outcome, or a simple distraction.

This is not the time to react, but a time to transcend. And we transcend through vision.

My vision is a productive, pure and dedicated life before God, where I honor my wife and keep myself "unspotted from the World." Momentary flattery and the associated next steps do not fit within that vision. Because of the vision, I did not react, but transcended.

What keeps leaders above the fray and not reactionary is the pre-defined vision that guides their actions. Otherwise, "Where there is no prophetic vision the people cast off restraint..." Proverbs 29:18 (ESV)

Leaders see beyond the moment. Godly leaders see the eternal.

Transcend.

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