More and more I am convinced that the major challenges at hand in our culture today, the ones we continually see or read in various forms of media, are nothing less than the results of the deficiency of individuals(men and women) ability to lead. Whether it is marriage/family challenges, community/social challenges, national challenges, or global challenges, it all comes back to the absence or insufficiency of someone(s) to truly take the lead.
I think the words of John Quincy Adams are very appropriate for our time and subject: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” We are living in a day and time where the ability to persevere beyond the lure of popularity and monetary gains have almost sterilized our culture of qualitative and quantitative leaders.
In Ezekiel 22:30 The Lord God declares, “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.”(NLT)
So I found myself somewhat comforted by the fact that my cry and my prayer is the same thing God is crying out for…for men and women who would step up unselfishly, courageously, sacrificially and lead! Those who would uncompromisingly and valiantly lead for no other reason than something greater than themselves…the very soul of our nation in all of its respects. Someone who would say with wholehearted volition, “I will MOST GLADLY spend and be spent for your souls.” (2Cor.12:15)
There are leaders and then there are those who lead. Leaders hold a position of power or authority, but those who lead inspire us. As I listen to those who are supposedly “Leaders” today, whether they be political, economical, spiritual, academe, etc., there is something missing…ahhh, INSPIRATION!!!
We follow those who lead not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead not for them, but for us. A wise man once proposed this question to me, “Why do people go to church?” Answer: Because they WANT to! And why do they want to? Simple – they are INSPIRED to! I believe it is the response to having someone in their lives who they truly believe has their best interest and well-being at heart, and I’m convinced this is true for all of the areas of our lives, not just the spiritual. As one who leads, you or I can never forget this!