It is easy to condemn leaders. Everyone enjoys being a critic of those making a difference: CEO’s, politicians, pastors, an even some celebrities.

We often think we can do a better job, or that they should be using their influence differently.

But one thing we cannot criticize them for, is actually doing something.

Our critiques generally end at the level of conversation. Very rarely do people get out there and actually do a better job than those we consider to be leaders are already doing.

Several years ago, sociologist Michael Lindsay interviewed over 300 influential people in the United States. He found that all of them noted they had to work within stipulations and that they could not just do whatever they wanted. This means that leaders often do not have as much power as we think they do, and they do not always have the ability to do things better than what they are doing (even if they wish they could).

Despite their limitations in power, having to deal with constant critics, having their flaws/blunders unveiled to the world, frequently not receiving as much as a thank you from those they help, and regularly being taken advantage of, they continue to lead. What courage they must have!!!

Let us remember to pray for our leaders; our leaders at work, in the community, in the state, in the country, and around the world. Let us gain insight into the difficult nature of being responsible for others and for providing resources to our world. We need to encourage those we empower to lead and those who are called to lead. We need to enable them to accomplish the tasks at hand, whatever they may be.

There is a song that says: “someone said give peace a chance, and that’s all he would say.” This quote refers to John Lennon who wrote the song, “Give Peace a Chance.” The lyric above notes that apart from calling for peace, the singer did little to actually create or bring about peace. It is easy to criticize but harder to act. If you are called to do something, lead in the action. Be courageous and do something, don’t just wine about what is not being done well.