Lessons Learned at AFM SM Training #6

“Humility looks through the window, rather than into the mirror, of praise.”
Receiving compliments has always been a hard thing for me to do. I don’t want to seem conceited and full of myself by agreeing too heartily with the person complimenting me. But I also don’t want to seem calloused, rude, or ungrateful by refusing the compliment.
In AFM student missions training, I learned this game-changing principle: When receiving praise, use it as an opportunity to “look through the window” into the heart and life of the person giving it, rather than using it as a mirror to look at yourself. For me, if someone compliments a song I play at church, I can say something along the lines of, “I’m so glad you were blessed by it. What did it teach you about God?” It is an opportunity to see into their heart and mind and get to know them better.

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