One of the great character flaws among leaders is “insecurity”. Insecure leaders are vulnerable to failure in the area of character. Many leaders succumb to temptation because of their lack of security. Someone or something cross their path that boost their ego and gives them momentary security.
In Dr. Tim Elmore’s Habitude’s series he tells the story of the “Golden Buddha”. The Golden Buddha was discovered in Bangkok, Thailand over forty years ago. It had sat for a long time coated in ugly concrete until one day it was moved and the concrete coating cracked and the beautiful gold was surprisingly discovered! While covered in concrete it would collect garbage, drink cans, and other objects, all because it was not seen as an object of value. When the gold inside was discovered, it was treated and handled differently.
Tim Elmore tells us:
“Leaders cannot perform well if they fail to see the gold inside of them. Good leaders take a personal inventory of their God-given gifts. This shapes self-image and, consequently, their results.”
How has this principle has applied to me:
- My security first comes in the fact that my identity and value is in being a child of God and a follower of Jesus ALONE, not being a pastor or a successful leader. Read Psalm 139:13-15 and 2 Cor. 5:17
- My security comes second in being the husband of Jill and the father of Josiah, Abigail, and Caleb. I want to be a success in their eyes more than I want to be a success in the eyes of the people in ChurchWorld or the people at CATGrove!
- I have big dreams for CATGrove. I see a multiple campus church. I see a church planting school. I see planting churches around the world. I see raising up champions for Jesus and changing the landscape of East Metro Atlanta! If God chooses to lead CATGrove in a different direction, I must submit to the plan He chooses rather than my personal dream. I accept what He plans and does.
- I will work hard and do my best to fulfill my calling and I will leave the rest up to God.
Secure leaders accomplish more in God’s Power without sacrificing God’s glory, their identity, or their family on the altar of success or self-indulgence.
Secure leaders speak the truth without worrying about others’ approval. Secure leaders pursue the vision God has given them by faith and not in their own power. Secure leaders are attacked, but can resist temptation because they live for the audience of ONE!
Secure Leaders understand that CHARACTER DOES MATTER!