Is He Having an Affair?

iPhone in hand
Don't let your devices distract you from your purpose. (Flickr )

It's unlikely that someone wakes up in the morning and decides, "This is the day, I will have an affair."

We all have a mission. Most of us have spent hours in a boardroom, sometime during our career, hashing out a mission statement, word by laborious word. Writing a mission statement by committee is one of the most difficult processes I've ever endured.

Yet, staying true to a mission is more difficult than the development process.

Mission creep seems to set in by week two. Shiny objects flirt with even the most resolved leader. It is a simple path away from the narrow path of a mission.

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Leaders can slip into an affair of purpose at any time. It is easy to forget who we are and where we are going. Fidelity to mission is elusive.

An affair of attention occurs when we forget who we are. It's not that hard to forget. We are bombarded every minute to "look here" or "look there." "Wow! That idea is a real head-turner." In an instant, a blink of the eye, we can be tempted to forget the mission and jump on a new path.

"Our competitors are doing it, why can't we? After all, we only live once."

I suppose I've been having an ongoing affair with my iPhone. It captivates my attention at times when I really don't want to go there. It gives me that "come hither beep." I resist. Then it beeps again and I forget who I am and where I am going.

Alexander Graham Bell never intended to create a temptress from his simple instrument of conversation. But Steve Jobs knew how to design a powerful tool of temptation. The phone is haptic, smart and offers a new model every two years.

I question whether this technology brings me closer to my mission or further from it. I don't know if it helps more than it hurts. But at least, I can read my Bible with my phone.

Fidelity defines a leader.

"Ponder the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established" (Prov. 4:26, MEV).

Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, is now available.

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