Insult Not Thy Creator.

The way we continually talk about our own inability is an insult to the Creator. O. Chambers.

Now here was a different angle. What I’d once considered a humble attitude and drew people toward God, actually slapped the Creator in the face.


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God saw all that He had made and it was very good. Genesis 1:31

Why had I so often crushed compliments with pitiful little self-deprecating jabs such as, ‘Naw, I’m not really that good’?

An older sister once said, “Always return a compliment with a ‘Thank you’.” Period. Even if thoughts wrangling around in my brain were, ‘Actually, no. I look like crap’ or ‘But I totally screwed up’ or ‘If you only knew…’, she’d insisted I avoid negative responses.

Otherwise I’d done nothing but insulted the one who complimented me. 

Worse, I’d insulted the One Who created me.

While so-called humble responses may have felt like I’d bowed low in admirable posture before the hearer, I’d really only marred the Creator’s image in the person’s eyes. And pretty much guaranteed I’d not be receiving any more compliments from them.

Did it matter whether or not the one who complimented was sincere? No. Because it wasn’t for me to judge another’s intentions. Either way, the compliment was offered and should have been received with grace.

I dare say that today’s culture doesn’t suffer from an over-abundance of humility (false or otherwise). Quite the opposite. But as for me, do I counteract my own pride struggle by working too hard at being humble when served a compliment?

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How insulting. What impertinence, really.

Because…

God saw all that He had made and it was very good. Genesis 1:31

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