"For a lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisors." Prov.11:14
I make it a point to read a chapter from the book of Proverbs nearly every day, and have for some time. The more I read them, the better and wiser they seem to get. This morning as I read, this one really made me pause and think. Not necessarily about our government, but about leadership in every area. I see that at every level how leadership really needs leaders in our world today. There are hardly any visible. Most all of the current leaders are consensus leaders that are swayed but public opinion instead of principle. And to add insult to injury, we the people go for flash, popularity, instead of record. God help us! The "trickle down effect" of politics, from the President to State, then local governments leaves us wondering why even bother going to the polls. The media, and the lobbyists have more to do with enacting laws, and getting people elected than those in and running for office. When things are good, the Representatives and Senators all pat each other on the back and tell how their party "made it happen." In reality, they little or nothing to do with it. The lobbyist made sure the other side got the "old political treatment," tickets to the Potomic two-step dance somewhere on the Carribean. I personally have no faith at all in polititians. I feel that Americans listen but fail to really hear the message. It's the record, how they have voted if in the House or Senate, and how they governed if a former governor. We need to know the facts..or at least know the facts before elections. Now, having said all of those wonderful thoughts out loud, hear this, once elected they're our leaders. Okay, got that? Our duty as followers of Christ is to pray for them. You can cool it with the Obama emails, I don't read them, nor forward them. What's the point? If the man's not an American, not Christian, lied about something in his book, its too bad, he's YOUR pres. I don't agree with him, but I'm supposed to do the prayer thing for him.
As I said, this isn't about our government only. Leaders in local businesses are scrambling for answers to the economic mess we're in. Of course, they're looking down and across, maybe in the mirror. They really need to look up from a kneeling position. 'Let's cut costs, unload some people, c'mon, somebody think!" And they're panic creates chaos down through the company, the innocent are made examples of, the guilty smirk, and the workforce demoralized. I once thought," if the upper management knew how the lower management treated employees, heads would roll." Not so, the lower management is a direct reflection of the upper management. Don't try to heal wounds, don't attempt to put confidence in the work force, without guidance the business falls just like a nation.
Wow, sorry to get off on such a tangent, I wanted not to get into my views so much, rather to give ideas on how to see leadership as mere men and women. When any of us get into positions of leadership, we need to understand that having help and leaning on others is vital to the job. The first one we need to look for help from is God. Ask Him to guide our steps, to be a leader with grit, but with an understanding heart as well. Then we need to look for support from others who've lead in similar fashion, get what they have. Then if you're in the lead, don't dodge decisions. You have God, you have help, now lead. Whether you are a pastor of a church, run a small business, or a group of scouts, a city, or a nation, get in with your sleeves up, lead by example. People will follow if you guide with God's help. Thanks for reading, Keith.