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Balanced Compliments

Have you ever received a compliment you loved, but knew it was not only untrue, but was a huge exaggeration? As I concluded a recent Interim Pastorate, the person in charge of the reception referred to me as “the Babe Ruth of Interim Pastors.” Before I could glow in that characterization, I remembered that while the Babe was a Home Run king, he also led the league in strikeouts. I love compliments like that, but always try to keep things in perspective. Paul reminded us that one should not, “think . . . more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly” (Romans 12:3). The word “soberly” in other translations, is rendered “balanced.” For me to think “balanced” thoughts about the Babe Ruth compliment, meant I needed to balance home runs with strikeouts. Paul also wrote, “If anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself” (Galatians 6:3). “Balanced” thoughts keep one from deceiving themselves. However, balanced thinking, should not hinder one from striving to be the best, even to live up to the over-rated compliments of others. After all, it was the Babe who said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

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