Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Oh, stop.

No really. Please don't compliment me.

I find myself in this position where I have been complimented on the work I am doing with ministry at church.

Now you would think that being the extroverted, center of attention, kind of girl that I am, I would love this. But for some reason, I am not entirely comfortable with it.

I didn't know why until today. A friend came up to me and said I was doing a great job and that I was so real with the women. Yeah, that's me - real to a fault. Then she said that she could really see how God was working through me.

Ah ha. Now that made me feel good. That what God is doing through me is noticed - not me.

Several friends have told me recently to just take a compliment when given. It is like I want to explain it all the time.

"Nice shoes", someone says. I respond with the place I bought them, how they were on sale and that I had so much trouble figuring out what to wear with them. But you know, I just really needed a shoe in this color and when I saw them, I decided I must have them.

Or a compliment on my new hair color will ensue a complete dissertation on how I went back to my natural color and got soooo tired of maintaining highlights and oh how, I love my new stylist. Because you know I have been through about 4 in the last couple years and they just never know what color to put on my hair. But this one, I think she got it.

Okay, so what happened to just saying, "Thank You?"

How about you? How do you take a compliment? With a simple thank you? Or maybe you try to talk them out of the compliment. Or do you just try to explain it away like me?

Thank you, thank you very much.


Dawn Ward said...

You just described me to a T. I must admit, though, I don't know why I am that way. Maybe someone else knows??


Dawn Ward said...

I forgot to mention...I LOVE your new blog look!


Sarah said...

This is hard for me too. Don't know why, but I do try to talk people out of nice things that are said to me....I've bene making an effort to just take a deep breath and say Thanks/

dcrmom said...

I'm REALLY bad at accepting compliments. I totally hear ya on this one!

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