One of the greatest hitters in the game, Babe Ruth hit 714 homeruns in his career. But in one of his last major league games, the aging star performed badly. In a single inning, his errors were responsible for five Cincinnati runs.
As the Babe walked off the field, boos and catcalls cascaded from the stands. Just then, a young boy jumped over the railing and ran onto the playing field. With tears streaming down his cheeks, he threw his arms around the legs of his hero. Ruth didn’t hesitate. He picked up the boy, hugged him, and set him down on his feet with a playful pat on the head.
Suddenly the booing stopped. A hush fell over the entire park. For a brief moment, the crowd saw a different kind of hero: a man who in spite of a dismal day on the field could still care about a little boy. He was no longer being judged by his accomplishments, but by a completely different standard. It was a relationship that mattered.
Living in a performance oriented world, it is easy to ignore, even justify the disregard of relationships. Four qualities that mark such disregard are: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling.
The away game is almost over. It is time to go back to the home field advantage. Be careful that none of these qualities go with you. You will hit a lot more homeruns at home. And there is no better place to be a Hero.
The Word For Today, “Family.”
“If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you’re going to turn out in life.”
~ Warren Buffet
“He who brings trouble on his family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise.” ~ Proverbs 11:29