STOP AND THINK – Backslappers help us feel better about ourselves, but we don’t actually profit by them. (Ted W. Engstrom, late evangelical leader and author)

It’s nice to be congratulated and applauded, isn’t it? But there’s a danger in thinking too highly of those compliments. They may boost our ego to our own detriment. Engstrom went on to say, “Real change and emotional growth come by facing our weaknesses and personality defects as others see us.” Accept praise humbly and criticism realistically.

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment. (Romans 12:3)