Thomas Carlyle said, "Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand."
Vision is essential to leadership, as is seeing the big picture—no doubt about it. But great leaders also have the ability to see and do what is necessary today.
It's the principle of first things first. Solomon said it as simply as it can be said: Develop your business first before building your house. (Proverbs 24:27)
This is what great leaders do. Where many flounder from week to week, effective leaders make sure that first, before anything else, business gets done each day.
What's your business? I mean your real business? What matters most to you? Is there anything on your agenda today that reflects this priority? Long term vision is great, but we also need to make a habit of taking care of today's business today.
Jesus knew what his business was all about and he never lost his focus. This is one of the reasons why his life was revolutionary.
See if you can complete these two sentences.
1. My real business is __________.
2. I will develop it today by doing this: _______________.
If your real business is following Jesus, then do something today that makes you more like him. Give. Love. Serve. Forgive. Show mercy.
If you want a revolutionary life, develop your business (your real business) first before doing anything else.