Humility & Hat Size

humbleThere is an old song “It’s Hard to be Humble”, but I am finding it is not as difficult as it used to be. There is a tale of a rookie phenom pitcher who was issued his first major league uniform. His new Dodger hat fell down over his ears. “This hat is way too big!” he complained. His new manager, Leo Durocher replied “Keep it that way kid!”

This past week, which has been as we Canadians would say “A bit cool.” I have received a lot of thanks from folks who had received electric blankets and I have been showered with compliments on this idea. I can acknowledge these expressions and keep the same hat size because I am aware of the number of colossal failures which precede any success I enjoy! I find that imaginative prayer followed by trial and error are means of inspiration. I may throw a host of things against the wall before something sticks. It is never genius but rather perseverance.

I used to do a ‘stand up’ routine based on my fictitious Uncle Floyd the inventor. Uncle Floyd was a genius but was not noted for his perseverance. Some of his inventions include a lemon-lime soft drink ‘6 Up’. He invented a lubricant ‘W-D 39’ and an all-purpose cleaner ‘Formula 400’. You get the idea. He would stop just short of success. The geniuses are those who fail many times but succeed once. Even a broken clock will be right twice a day! There isn’t room for much pride in that.

If these thoughts were not enough to keep my hat fitting, the vicissitudes of ministry will do the trick. Last week was one of the most frustrating times at our Up Town Church! The last number of months there have been some spectacular ‘fall outs’ between several of our folks. Where I have often described Up Town as the coolest church in the world, lately it has been more toxic than cool. This is driving me to my knees! Though this is neither fun nor comfortable it is real! Reality is that it is not about me but all about God. Please join us in praying for God’s way ahead for us.

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Reed Fleming

Reed Fleming was commissioned in 1980 and has served across the country in many evangelistic roles. A gifted teacher, speaker and preacher, he has mentored many leaders during their formation. He is currently the Leader of Street Hope Saint John, a project of Threshold Ministries.

Comments (1)

  1. Rick Sandberg

    Rick Sandberg


    Thanks Reed. Praying God brings reconciliation and growth for all! May He also grant the pastor wisdom, patience and love to guide His flock. 😉

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