... a weekly letter of encouragement.
January 31, 1996
"WE NEED PEOPLE AROUND US WHO RESPECT US BUT ARE NOT IMPRESSED BY US"+
My bet is that you are better than the average person at what you do.
And that there are people out there who are all to willing to elevate you to hero status.
And stroke your ego far more than you deserve. Especially if you:
- Know how to hold your cards close to your chest.
- Possess Oscar-level acting ability.
- Sign the pay checks or possess power and the influence others want to tap into.
When we are continually being stroked, it is all too easy to actually believe the press reports!
Let me ask you a question: Would these would-be hero-worshipers be as impressed with you if they could see into the deepest recesses of your mind and heart? Or see you in your less than noble moments? (Need I ask your spouse?)
And have you ever noticed how difficult it is for us to marry success with humility? When we are good at something, we are not generally inclined to respond favorably to other's criticism or suggestions. I think the Biblical term is "pride."
So...in order to counter-balance our inclination towards pride, we need people around us who may respect us, but are not impressed (or intimidated?) by us."
Just to keep us honest.
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy" (Proverbs 27:6)
I trust you are having a great week!
+ Dr. Howard Hendricks
© Copyright 1996 Dwight Hill. Unlimited permission to copy or use is hereby granted subject to inclusion of this copyright notice.
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