Our current culture tends to rely on short-term orientation. Considering the consequences of our decisions a month, year, or ten years from now is almost a foreign concept, especially on an individual basis.
The validity of what this means is best determined by considering goals. What personal goals do we have for next year, five years, or ten years from now?
Also, how often do we consider the consequences of a decision to get involved in an activity of questionable influence to our Christianity and leadership?
Leaders must be active in assisting others in preparation for the long run, a long-term orientation. There is a great need to consider where we want to be in the future and what decisions will help us reach the destination with a strong godly character.
Every decision has some form of consequence, good or bad, now and in the long run.
A thoughtful process of examining these consequences will help us shape the future for our own lives and for those we lead.