The other day, we were in a hurry. The power had been out overnight, and it was still off when we got up, which happened to be a Sunday. We hurried out the door to hurry to get some breakfast so that we could hurry to our friends’ house to take showers before we went to church.
As we were leaving the fast food establishment with our to-go breakfast order, a man in front of us ended up holding the door for several people to come in or go out. As he was holding the door for us, I said, “I guess you got caught holding the door, huh?” And he replied, “That’s okay. It never hurt anyone to be nice.”
Those were interesting words, and so true, too. The kind of simple thought that makes you really stop and think.
I actually tried to think of situations where it might hurt to be nice to someone. Yes, you can probably think of a few. Some of them are societal hurts, such as the reputation you might seemingly lose by being friends with someone who the world in general thinks is strange. Losing a friend or two might seem to hurt a little bit, but it would definitely be worth it in the long run. You might could think of some sort of extreme example about trying to help someone during a wartime situation and facing punishment for your actions or something similar, but in reality that will only happen to very, very few people.
So then the answer is that it does not hurt to be nice. Unless you choose to be hurt by it, but then that is your own choice.
When the man at the restaurant said that, he did not even have to stop and think about it. It came quickly, as though it is just the way that he lives his whole life. I would guess that is most likely the case with him, too.
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone were like that? And by “everyone” I am not talking about everyone else. I am really asking that question of me. I hope you are asking it of yourself now, too. Wouldn’t it be great if I were like that? Because I really cannot control anyone besides myself. But niceness seems to spread quickly, so that if others experience niceness, then they in turn will look for ways to be nice to others.
This goes back to something Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, in Matthew 7:12, “Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them—this is the Law and the Prophets.” That of course is also known as the Golden Rule. If you want others to be nice, then be nice yourself. As Jesus said, that sums up all of the Old Testament Law and the prophets. And it is one of the themes of Jesus’ ministry, too.
It really does not hurt at all to be nice to other people. Even better, it will make other people stop and notice, and want to be nice, too.
Just another way to let our lights shine for God, so that He will be glorified. And all it takes is doing something nice for someone else.