Food for Thought

The Misunderstood God by Darin Hufford

Niceness vs. Kindness

“…until we’re able to receive authentic kindness, we will never know God’s heart.

Anyone can do a nice thing. It doesn’t require love, but a kind thing always hits the heart because it is directed by love. Niceness is appreciated; kindness brings you to your knees and exposes intimate parts of you that you’ve kept hidden all your life. This is why we would rather have people be nice to us than kind. Niceness keeps its distance, but kindness invades. Niceness makes us smile, but kindness can make us cry. Niceness pats us on the back, but kindness reaches into the heart and massages it. Niceness asks “How are you doing?” but kindness really wants to know the answer. And usually, it already does.”

From “The Misunderstood God” by Darin HuffordPublished by Windblown Media. Available November 2009.

2 responses to “Food for Thought

  1. This reminds me of my Dad never letting my sister and me settle a squabble on our own. “BE NICE!” he’d always say. So we were “nice” to each other — barely. It took years and living thousands of miles away from each other until we could be friends get anywhere near being kind. Sounds like an interesting book!

  2. That’s often the case, isn’t it? I appreciate this distinction between nice and kind. Most people would say they are nice to others but kindness really gets below the surface.

    This is a great read. I was fortunate to get an advanced copy at the book show. It was wild seeing the covers I’d done blown up to posters.

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