What to do With Compliments

A bouquet for Jesus…thank you Corrie Ten Boom!

“…Cliff Barrows referred to a comment she had once made during a visit to his home: “When people come up and give me a compliment–‘Corrie, that was a good talk,’ or ‘Corrie, you were so brave,’ I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of each day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, ‘Here you are, Lord, it is all Yours.'” At the end of this tribute in Denver, after an evening full of emotional memories, looking back over a full eighty-six years, Tante Corrie was presented with a large bouquet of yellow roses. As the crowd stood to applaud her, she lifted the bouquet to the Lord and I knew she was saying to Him, “Lord Jesus, this is Yours.”

The Five Silent Years of Corrie Ten Boom

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6 thoughts on “What to do With Compliments

  1. Corrie Ten Boon’s life reflected that of her Lord. This response was in keeping with her desire to bring glory to God.

  2. Thank you for sharing this story with the pretty bouqet. You mentioned this to me before and it’s so beautiful…thanks for reminding me, because I tend to forget.

    It sounds like Corrie accepts the compliments from people, but then in turn (quietly and privately) offers them as a bouquet back to God. I have to add her to my Role Model board on Pinterest!!

    1. Yeah, this excerpt was a little different than the original one I heard and probably shared with ya. Maybe it was made up, but I was sad this one left out the “smelling” part. That you take the flower, smell it (receive the compliment), and then lay it at the feet of Jesus. Receiving it and giving it to Jesus is honoring to him rather than a quick smell and throwing it away (which can be my tendency).

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