You never know what you’ll get opening a can of mixed nuts. Likely beautiful almonds, perfect whole cashews, sweet pecans, amazing walnuts, delicious pistachios, and plentiful good ole fashioned peanuts. Very similar to the variety of people we encounter in our lives.
like to think the majority of us are good nuts, we mix well together,
complement each other, but every so often I run into a few nut cases
that cause me to reexamine my outer shell.
These are the people
who walk around with no direction, they accept no idea other than their
own, claiming to believe in no higher power, no God; they remind me of
the strange Brazil nut. Shells are almost impossible to get open and
once you do the nut inside is just as hard to describe. These people
call out names like “Jesus Freak” to someone who makes the sign of the
cross in public, or “God Crazy” to people who carry a Bible or Rosary
within view. I have a suspicion they secretly envy the peace and love
of our true God. Maybe the name calling is a facade for needed prayers of conversion.
we have the Chestnuts of the world. That beautiful nut on the outside
but the inside is made up of nothing. I’ve run into many Chestnuts and
couldn’t get away fast enough. They are the folks who try to cram
religion (their particular religion) down your throat; they preach until
they are blue in the face. Do more harm than good. All I can think of
when I’m stuck listening to their ramblings is Jesus as He tells us
about removing the plank from our own eye before trying to remove a
speck in our neighbor’s eye. Not only do they need a reality check but
really need our prayers.
In between these two extremes a small
slice of heaven exists through another group of people out there. The
people who preach by actions rather than words, people who aren’t
embarrassed to embrace their God in public, people who go out of their
way to do good, people who live by faith, people who care for other
people, people who live for God, people who put God first and others
second and their selves third. Good people like the good chocolate
covered Macadamia nut we can never get enough of.
A can of mixed
nuts needs an assortment of different textures to balance out the
different varieties. No two people are the same, but what we do have in
common is one God, one life, one destination, one way to get there. It
is important to mix well with others, help others, support others, love
others, cheer others on, and make no nuts about it pray for each other.
Take the test. Go nuts with prayer, it helps mix together the common good for all humanity.