The daily of activity of life in the current culture is one that seems to be short-term oriented. Considering consequences a month, year, or ten years from now is almost a foreign concept, especially on an individual basis.
The validity of what is being said is best determined by considering goals and consequences. What personal goals do we each have for next year, five or ten years from now?
Additionally, how often do we consider the consequences of a decision to purchase a product we cannot afford, or to be involved in an activity of questionable influence to our Christianity?
Leaders are to be active in assisting others in setting up for the long run. The need is great to consider where we want to be in the future and what decisions are going to help us reach the destination with strong godly character.
Every decision will have 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.