• Rebecca Giles

Why I like Jesus, part 2

He is my friend. You can become friends with him too.

Friends are hard to talk to, aren't they? You have to think of what to say to them, and then wonder whether what you plan on saying is appropriate or not, and then once you have decided it is safe to say, you must figure out an appropriate time to say it; you don’t want to interrupt and say it while your friend is talking to another person. And in order for your friend to hear what you said, you have to look in their direction, and make your mouth open and move, and make your voice yell so that it’s sufficiently audible.

Not Jesus. Talking to him is easy. He can read people’s minds, which means there is no need for you to pray aloud; you can pray simply by thinking. You can also pray by typing on a laptop if that seems easier than thinking the words in your mind. And since Jesus reads people’s minds, he already knows everything you’re thinking anyway, so there is no point in bothering too much about what you say to him or how you say it.

He never, ever laughs at you, and there is no need to attempt being proper with him. He accepts you already. And even though Jesus is always with you, he isn’t visibly there, so you don’t feel stared at and don’t need to attempt looking at his face. Not only that, but every time of day or night is an appropriate time to talk to Jesus. He hears everyone’s prayers at once. It makes no difference if someone else is talking to him at the same time.

If you are not already friends with Jesus, you can become friends with him now, if you wish. Something I've managed to discover about friendship is this: In order for people to become friends, they both have to choose each other. You can't just choose somebody and have them automatically become your friend; they have to want to be friends with you too. Jesus already chose you to be his friend, but in order to become friends with him, you have to choose him as well. You only have to choose him once and then you stay friends with him forever. He promises to not reject you.

In the next blog post, Who Jesus is, it tells you how to choose him and why.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.