Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, January 1st, 2013
How To Handle A Compliment (Part 6, Conclusion)
God's Stars Today
One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.
Psalm 145:4 (NKJV)
Praise Him, all you stars of light!
Psalm 148:3 (NKJV)
Actors, models, and talent for Christ, you face challenges: 1) Remembering Who really writes your paycheck, 2) Learning what roles you should take or decline, 3) Accepting that 'when' belongs to God, because His timing is perfect,

4) Focusing on where you truly live, 5) Appreciating why your path is hard, 6) Learning how to respond to compliments in a way that pleases God.

If accepting every compliment is dangerous, so is rejecting every compliment. In false humility, you run the risk of disowning God's gifts.

So when you hear remarks like... 'I love your voice, You're so beautiful, You're so talented, You made the show, Your performance was remarkable, You are brilliant, I want to be just like you when I grow up'... What do you say?

When you don't know the speaker, consider the following responses:

1) 'God is doing great things. Thank you for your encouragement.' (Gives it back to God but also encourages the encourager.)

2) 'You are too kind.' (Clever rejection of flattery.)

3) 'God is generous.' (Gives it back to God.)

4) 'God gives us all great gifts.' (Gives it back to God and challenges the speaker to remember his own gifts.)

5) 'Anything good I've done is God.' (Frank admission.)

6) 'Thank you. I think every person has beauty. I will pass your compliment along to God!' (If you have the time and inclination to teach.)

7) Just smile. (You have neither accepted nor rejected it.)

8) 'God is good.' (Simple, quick, true.)

9) 'You are kind to say so, but many people helped in this... (show, success, event, etc.--especially God)'. (Passes the compliment to others--especially God.)

10) 'I want to be like God when I grow up. So, let's grow up together!' (Guiding children is most important.)

10) 'Thank you.' (Easy to say, but harder to remember the necessary follow-up. If you don't give it to God immediately in your thoughts and/or later on your bed, you may have accepted dangerous flattery.)

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the How To Handle A Compliment series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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