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Nicer Than Me?


I’m excited!

No, it’s not because the cinnamon buns are just out of the oven!

I’m excited because I just had lunch with a friend. The kind of friend who knows how stupid I am and still loves me.

Can you imagine that? This guy, who will remain anonymous lest anyone of you tries to steal him from me, is a genuine loving guy. God put us together as friends before we even knew each other.

He is so nice that if he had a twin and both arrived at a door at the same time it would turn into a bad knock-knock joke!

 “Knock knock.”

“Who’s there?”

“Nobody because they still can’t decide who’s going first!”

 “After you.”

“No, after you.”

It would never end!

People actually think I’m nice. Except for my granddaughter, who knows the truth.

Being nice is a gift that some of us truly have.

Some people who aren’t nice act nice in public. Then they go home and yell at their kids or steal their kid’s candy when they’re not looking. Or their younger brother’s candy. I’m not bitter anymore, though.

So, when I have a friend that is nice inside and outside, it is rare. He is also a Christian, so that means we get to share stories about God with each other.

How do you know if you have a friend like this? Well, you could stalk him or her and sneak into their house to see what they’re like behind closed doors. Don’t be that person, though. That is not even close to a nice thing to do. It could be interesting, but in my experience when they catch you sneaking around like that they are way too many questions.

Jesus, my hero, said that if you want to know about the inside of someone look at their fruit, what they do. You know the outside.  Fruits he called it. Look at their fruits. A bad tree has bad fruit. A good tree has good fruit.

Instead of looking at the person and marveling at how nice he talks, look at how they are with those around them. Both inside and outside their circle.

It is more important how people are with the poor and needy than who they are nice to in their own circles.  And the same is true for the poor and needy and how they are with each other and those outside their circle.

There is a saying that the apple doesn’t fall from the tree. This saying is so obvious if you’re talking just about apples. But it’s less obvious talking about people. Jesus didn’t say that if the Dad was bad, you’d be bad. God has no grandkids, you know. That means every one of us has to have a relationship with him. I am not a thief if my Mom was a thief, any more than I am saved since my Dad was saved.

And there is a huge difference between being a doormat and being nice. 

All this talk about niceness leads me to the nicest guy ever! This man was so loved and was so pleasant that he did everything he could to help others. But he certainly wasn’t a doormat. Nobody could push him around and get him to do their bidding. He was on a mission.

Yup, you guessed it. His name is Jesus. Nice guy. Loved everybody. Loved everybody enough to even tell them when they were wrong. It’s easy being a nice guy when things are going smooth, but if you don’t correct your friend and just let him be wrong as he was heading to disaster, are you really being nice?

Jesus knew better. He knew how to love. And so he should because the Bible says that He is love. God is love.

As great as my friend is, he is no Jesus. You want a nice guy to have lunch with, ask Jesus. He’s never too busy, and he is the nicest guy ever!

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Andy Becker is a pastor, retired counsellor and former CEO of a Hospice organization. His book, The Travelers, is available at Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

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