Would you agree with me that often insecurity is the “Achilles heel” of most leaders?  It is this lack of confidence in God that leads to moodiness, compromise, lethargy, and acquiescing to intimidating personalities and circumstances.  Although many of the effective leaders of the past and present have been humble, they have also possessed an unflappable belief in who they are and where they are going.

Here are eleven spine-stiffening quotes on insecurity:

  1. “When the leader lacks confidence, the followers lack commitment.” ~John Maxwell
  2. “Confidence is silent.  Insecurities are loud.” ~Unknown
  3. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
  4. “Insecurity kills all that is beautiful.” ~Lovato
  5. “A lion never loses sleep over the opinion of sheep.” ~Unknown
  6. “Success is not final; failure is not final.  It is the courage to continue that counts.” ~Winston Churchill
  7. “All hate is just fear.  All fear is just insecurity.” ~Sager
  8. “There is no security, no safety in the appeasement of evil.” ~Ronald Reagan
  9. “Insecurity kills more dreams than failure ever will.” ~Unknown
  10. “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s high-light reel.”  ~Steve Furtick
  11. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.” ~II Corinthians 3:5

I just mentioned to our church a few nights ago that there is this ongoing conversation between a leader and his/her followers:

Follower: “Can God…?”
Leader: “God can…!”

Ultimately our insecurity calls into question the authority and ability of the God who gave us a place of influence.  In contrast, Spirit-filled confidence projects a tenacious belief in Who God is and where He is leading and providing.  Scrap the insecurity.  Start trusting in the God of heaven who is more than capable to compensate for your weaknesses and inabilities.

Will you join me in putting more than our timid toes in the water?  Those following us in our homes, churches, and communities need gracious but bold leaders.