The flashing lights of police, ambulance, fire truck, and tow truck illuminated the night sky around the disabled vehicles on the opposite side of the highway. Beyond them commercial and private vehicles waited for access to pass the accident—over a mile of idling cars and trucks. I recalled instances when I was detained by similar situations.
I considered my observations and realized that one small decision by one driver had extensive impact on the plans, schedules, commitments, relationships, emotions, and finances of potentially thousands of people!
Emergency personnel, health care providers, insurance agents, restaurant workers, phone service providers, family, friends, and business associates of all of the drivers were impacted by one small decision.
As leaders we make many decisions; it is so important to realize the impact our decisions will have upon more people than we may realize at first.
Again, I was impressed by this same realization as I walked in the midst of acres of grave markers of both the American and German cemeteries in Normandy, France. One leader, Adolf Hitler, embraced a belief and made a corresponding decision that impacted the life and death of unnumbered persons. In fact, I was walking through these cemeteries because of a decision Hitler made.
God the Father sent Jesus the Son, a decision that has created a decision for every human being. As leaders we do well to follow Jesus’ example so that our decisions impart godly wisdom to the multitudes whom we influence.