I’m a picky eater. Not only when it comes to the food I eat, but also when it comes to how I eat it. I don’t like for stuff to touch on my plate. Yeah, I’ve heard the argument, “Well, it’s all going to the same place anyway.” I understand that, but I don’t want it touching until it gets there. So what I do is kind of section off my plate. I put every item in a separate section as far away from the other stuff as possible.
As leaders, it’s really easy for us to try and separate our lives into little compartments. We have our personal life, our spiritual life, our family life, our work life, and our fun life.
We have things we do and say at home that we don’t at work. We act one way when we’re the “leader” and another when we get home. It’s easy to do that. I think all of us have that in us a little… to adapt to our surroundings.
While it’s okay to act a little different depending on who you’re around, it’s not okay to change who you are, to change your motives or your morals.
Proverbs has something to say about that when it says,
“When the godly are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked are in power, they groan.” – Proverbs 29:2 NLT
You see, your spiritual condition and your compartmentalizing effects the people around you. What you do in your personal life matters. What happens when it’s just you and a closed door counts.
No one may ever see the actions you make, but they’ll see the heart you develop.
They’ll even be blessed or they’ll groan. Your leadership ability and credibility will be altered.
Check yourself. Be yourself.