The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes’ (Proverbs 21:1).
Stephen Covey was born in Salt Lake City (Utah, United States) in 1932. He became known for his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, of which more than 25 million copies have been sold in thirty-eight languages. That’s how he became one of the most influential people in matters of leadership. In addition, he traveled around the world exposing his ideas and extending the principles of his book to children and adolescents, among others. Covey died in July 2012.
Several years ago, I had the opportunity to hear an interesting speech by Stephen Covey in Mexico City. I was impressed by his concepts and teachings, as well as the simplicity with which he put forth his ideas. The attendants seemed to be stuck to their seats while this man expressed with deep conviction challenges regarding efficacy in life. In the end, a time for questions, comments, and observations was given. So, someone asked him which leader had had the most impact on his life. He answered without hesitation: «Jesus Christ!» And then he added: «God has given gifts to human beings to use, I give all the glory and honor to Him.» The audience sprang to their feet and applauded enthusiastically. It was a very touching moment. I was filled with excitement when I heard this brilliant leader exalt the name of God in front of an exclusive auditorium. Deep down, Covey was saying that as good as our greatest efforts and project in life are, in the end, those people who put their lives in the hands of God will fulfill the true purpose for why they are in this world.
The human heart is erratic, it «bifurcates» in the face of adverse circumstances and difficult times. That is why it is necessary to bust in our heavenly Father. He knows how we can take advantage of our talents in the best way possible. King Solomon recognized Him in the following way: «Both riches and honor come from You, and You reign overall. In Your hand is power and might; in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all» (1 Chronicles 29:12). I invite you to give God the first place in your life. Invite Him to be a part of your achievements and successes. And, of course, when someone asks you to what you owe your success, give Jesus Christ His rightful place.