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.

insulting-the-creator-picmonkeyHe’s mighty glad for what He made. The Potter is pleased.

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? insult-not-thy-creator-2-picmonkeyAnd have I come to believe that by doing so, it strengthens my holy status, adds percentage points to my total sanctification score? Or somehow makes God bigger?

How insulting. What impertinence, really.


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


  1. TT says:

    Then there’s Genesis 6:6….the conversation goes on and on: It’s not a competition. P.S. I tripped across this song.

  2. As usual, you’re right on the mark with this one, Mary. We DO insult God and the complimenter (is that a word?) by discounting the praise, especially when it has to do with gifting/talents from Him. I like to deflect instead of discount, saying something like, “Thanks! It seems like God has really blessed me in this area.”

    • Judging from your “It’s Not About Me” website, I’d say you do the humility thing really well and it never makes me think you don’t believe you are of great value in His eyes 🙂

      • Thank you! It wouldn’t be possible without the daily blessing of the Holy Spirit. He seems to dwell somewhere near my keyboard. (See what I did there with deflecting the compliment?)

  3. Yes, you amazing woman, you! 🙂

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