"Some people show off their beauty because they want the world to see it,
Others try to hide their beauty because they want the world to see something else"
I am a very modest person...in every sense of the word. Whether it be clothing or compliments. I have gotten better about receiving compliments...I have always gotten red faced and become awkward whenever someone would give me any sort of compliment and I hated the uncomfortableness of it all. I appreciated the compliments but a part of me felt like I didn't deserve them. I think I now know why I have always felt this way...
Any glory I receive belongs to God. He has given me everything I have, and I have nothing without him. So any compliments I get really should all go to Him. Knowing this, when I am told something nice, I immediately thank God. Compliments are a reminder of the good things God is doing in our lives.
I recently received one of the best compliments I could ever receive by a woman I've only met once. I met her through my boss to help me work on a current project. I talked with this woman for about 2 hours as we worked on this video project together. This is what she wrote to me in an email the very next day:
Sometimes when I meet people for the first time, I can easily sense a God-connection, and sometimes it almost makes me cry! (in a good way!) That happened yesterday. Jesus is alive and well in you, Leah, and I know He really enjoys you to bits.
I welled up with happiness and a huge smile came to my face. She wasn't complimenting me on things I had done or said...she was simply saying she could see God in me. Not only was I happy that I had represented God honorably, but knowing that God was with me...and is with me all the time. What a powerful and comforting thought. We are often told that, I have always known that, but it was made more real by reading her words to me. She could see Him in my actions and in my words. He was speaking through me. He was there. He is always there.
My reason for writing this is not to give praise to myself for being a Godly woman, but to praise God for being constant and thank him for showing me once again how much He loves me and is with me 24/7. It's a privilege to know Him and be loved by Him. We get caught up in the busyness of life and it is so easy to overlook God's signs for us. He leaves little messages of love for us that we just have to look for and listen for. I could have easily just thought that the meeting with this lady had gone well and that was all it was. But her words...her words let me know that there was much more going on that day that you couldn't see with your eyes or hear with your ears. God moves in mysterious and marvelous ways. Keep your spiritual eyes and ears open. :)