He also mentioned a guy coming to him recently after one of his messages and bragging about his sermon. But he said, "It reminds me of the kind of messages you used to preach years ago when we came to this church."
Some compliments hurt ... because they are complaints with complimentary ribbons on top.
Recently I preached my little heart out at the ACU lectureship. The next morning I ran into someone from our church who said, "I heard you last night. It was so wonderful to finally see you in a suit again." That was it. Thanks so much. A few Sundays ago, when the second assembly was over, someone came to me and said, "That was great. It really seemed like you meant it today." Uh, yeah. Thanks. I don't usually mean it.
Both of those anecdotes are so small and insignificant. But Bob was right about the long haul.
But in the meantime ... I'll keep reading Henri Nouwen. He struggled with the same thing!