The Nicest Thing Ever (click to comment)


What is the nicest thing someone has ever said to you? My wife was at the swimming pool a few days ago and a lady in the change room was singing a beautiful worship song. Ramona came around the corner and said, “Sing it sister!” The lady said, “I’m sorry. I’m embarrassed. I didn’t know anyone was here.” Ramona told her, “You sing beautifully. You should sing more often.” The lady seemed unusually surprised by this. She said, “My mother sometimes told me not to sing. She didn’t like my voice.” “I like it,” said Ramona, “and I’ve got good taste in music.”

Words are like salt. They can add flavour, melt ice and preserve life, when sprinkled right, or bring sickness when misused. Words can bring joy or great sorrow. I decided to ask some friends that simple question, “What is the nicest thing someone has ever said to you?” Here are some of their responses:

A nurse told Alfie White after she had flushed his ears, that he had the nicest ear canals she had ever seen. Someone told Ed Wallen, “You look a lot like Clark Gable”. I was flattered, said Ed, “until I considered the fact that he had been dead for 25 years!” Some of the answers were short and sweet, like “I love you”, “You’re funny”, “I forgive you”, “Thank you”, “I’m proud of you”, You changed my life”,  “You’re a breath of fresh air”, and the word “Yes.” The words “You are so beautiful, to me…” said Charlotte Riegel, “Sung to me by my sweetheart of 45 years.” Husbands, we could learn a thing or two from this guy. Someone told Shirley Neilson this: “You radiate the love of God through your kindness and faith!” Helena Swanson said, “A year after speaking at a ladies’ retreat, a lady told me that what I taught had changed her life!”

Proverbs 12:18 tells us that “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” I hope that you are using your tongue to spread life, and bring healing today. And what is the nicest thing someone has ever said to me? It may sound a little sappy, but it’s true. My wife said, “I do.” And she did. Thanks, babe.

How about you? What’s the nicest thing someone has ever told you? We’d love to hear about it.

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