Beware, it’s one of those random ramblings kinda days, so scoot on past for the deals if that’s what you’re looking for, I promise not to be offended!
About ten years ago, I was at a conference with several other women, and after getting ready for our next meeting, a (super cute & always put together…) girl from our group looked at me and said “You know, you’ve got such a great figure.“
Now, in all twenty six years of my life before that, very rarely had anyone commented anything special about this body of mine. As I’ve shared before, I was an overweight teenager, and while I lost a ton of weight in college, I still wasn’t somebody that often got compliments on my figure. And while that was okay (really!), it sure did make me feel super cute that day when she said it.
Fast forward eight years. I was in a Bible study small group with about ten other women, and there was one in the group that I just kept noticing. She was beautiful. Not the kind of beauty that people might see quickly, but her eyes were bright, her heart was kind, and her beauty was evident. Each week I noticed her, and remember thinking, I wonder if she even knows how beautiful she is. My bet was that she didn’t. Finally, after God tugged on my heart one too many times, I bumped into her in the hall and mustered up the courage to tell her how pretty I thought she was. She was so gracious, and it wasn’t until I received an email a few days later that I realized her story.
Not feeling all that beautiful herself, she was contemplating having some surgery done and consulting with a doctor that very week. God knew just how beautiful she was though, just the way that she was, and cared so much for her that He made sure I took the time to say something . . . those kind words were sent directly from Him right on down to her (I just happened to be the mouth piece!)
This morning as I looked at myself in the mirror, God reminded me of the sweet words my friend mentioned in passing about my figure from a whopping ten years ago. (How silly. . . who on earth cares about a compliment that’s ten years old. . . really?) But, it caused me to re-adjust my thinking, put on a fun bracelet, and even feel cute again for a second or two. That tiny compliment that she took time to say impacted me so much, and all it took her was the willingness to say it.
So what on earth does might that mean for you today? If you notice something special about someone today, tell them. I know it goes way out of our comfort zone to compliment someone else (I really don’t understand why; we all want to hear it!), but today, just go ahead and do it. You never know when God may use your kind words to change someone else’s heart, and maybe someone will speak kindness to you today too.
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