“If a ruler listens to lies then his people will become wicked.” – Proverbs 29:12
We all know that when we see corruption in an organization, whether that corruption was directly connected to the top leader or not, it was cultivated in the environment of that leader’s values and priorities.
A leader’s influence is broader than just their direct contacts. It includes whomever those who represent the leader have direct contact to as well. This influence will extend as far as the leader has reproduced their values into those whom they are responsible to lead, and those have likewise repeated the process, ad infinitum.
The thing is this same principle applies to each of us as individuals.
We engender the kind of behavior that we approve, and we attract the kind of people that we present ourselves to be.
In the letter to the Ephesians, chapters 5-6, the Apostle Paul speaks of the various spheres of life where we have the opportunity to honor God and do ministry. Our individual interactions, our spousal and parental interactions, and our occupational interactions, all have the potential to bring Life or to Death.
When we as individuals are not seekers of the Truth, we will find that everywhere we turn, our relationships will be full of self-deception and manipulation.
When we are not committed to loving our spouses and instead become consumed with our own desires, we will find that they lose interest in us, and our marriages will degenerate into apathy or anger.
When we as parents are not committed to the nurture of our children, choosing authority over influence, we will find that they insulate themselves from us.
When we not committed to honoring God with our Labor, working as unto the Lord, we will find ourselves surrounded by those who are disgruntled and bitter.
In order to course correct, we must be Seekers of the Truth, Self-controlled, Committed to God’s Design, Walking by Faith in every area of life.
Only when we embrace the Truth and integrate it into our lives completely, will we begin to see clearly and experience the joy that comes from living life fully alive (John 8:31-32). As Thoreau is reported to have said, “To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”