Jump directly to the Content

The Leaf Raking Doctrine

The most important things may be the easiest to overlook.

Once in a great while, everything seems to go right …really, really right. That happened recently while I was speaking at a conference. In the first session, I was given an over-the-top introduction that strained credulity (even mine). But I admit it was nice to hear. Then, during my presentations, I felt a close connection with the audience. The responsiveness was energizing to me. To borrow from an old Broadway tune, I could have spoken all night. Then, at the end, there was an embarrassing amount of applause. I tried to remind myself that it's Jesus who is supposed to get the honor, but I deducted 10 percent of it for myself. Sort of a tithe in reverse.

Ever been there?

Afterward at the hotel where I would spend the night before returning home the next morning, I called my wife, Gail. I told her everything (everything!), including the stuff about the audience, the introduction, and the applause. I should have left it alone, but I had to share it with someone. Gail listened and ...

Support Our Work

Subscribe to CT for less than $4.25/month

Homepage Subscription Panel

Read These Next

From the Magazine
I Cried Out to the Name Demons Fear Most
I Cried Out to the Name Demons Fear Most
How Jesus rescued a New Age psychic from spiritual darkness.
Editor's Pick
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
What Christians Miss When They Dismiss Imagination
Understanding God and our world needs more than bare reason and experience.