by Kenneth Boa

Leadership Qualities: Change and Innovation
Dr. Kenneth Boa

A cartoon I saw in THE NEW YORKER showed a CEO winding
up his speech at a board meeting with the following
sentence: "And so, while the end-of-the-world scenario
will be rife with unimaginable horrors, we believe
that the pre-end period will be filled with
unprecedented opportunities for profit." (1) Somehow
that seems to capture the spirit of our times.

Many of us live with the same perspective as King
Hezekiah in 2 Kings 20:19. After being told that,
because of his pride and arrogance, his wealth and
posterity would fall into the hands of the
Babylonians, he actually says, "The word of the Lord
that you have spoken is good.... Will there not be
peace and security in my lifetime?" Hezekiah was only
concerned with how things would be during his own time
here on earth. He gave no thought to the hardships
others would endure after he was gone. Many of our
environmental and financial decisions demonstrate this
same outlook. And yet our time on earth is only a
speck in cosmic terms. A.W. Tozer was rightly said,

The days of the years of our lives are few, and
swifter than a weaver's shuttle. Life is a short and
fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to
give. Just when we appear to have gained some
proficiency, we are forced to lay our instruments
down. There is simply not time enough to think, to
become, to perform what the constitution of our
natures indicates we are capable of. (2)

If life here on earth is all there is, then our
mortality is distressing. But the Bible invites us to
see that there is more to this life than the constant
pendulum-swing from happiness to regret. You are not
defined by your past; you are defined by your future.
You have a destiny, a hope and a future. The past is
finite, but the future is unbounded. The past is
fixed, but lasting change is possible for those of us
who are unite ...

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