Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
March 25, 2011
As the weather has been warming, our neighbors have been coming out of their homes. They’ve been gardening, mowing lawns and taking long walks down the street. I must admit…I have only met two of our neighbors. But, my goal this spring is to take some kind of goodie and make the rounds to introduce our family.
By nature, I’m not a very outgoing person, so meeting new people can be hard for me. But, as I’m growing in my relationship with the Lord, I’m realizing that my life isn’t all about me! I’m asking Him for ways to serve Him and those around me…and He sure is showing me some ways to do that!
Why is it important to meet the neighbors?
1. You never know when you’ll need to borrow something. (Ask me how I know!)
2. When you smile and wave at them, they won’t think you’re crazy.
3. You can actually say their name when shouting, “Good morning!”.
4. You can tell them about the Lord.
I’ve saved the best for last. We should have a heart to reach the lost and be the hands of Jesus to everyone we meet, but especially our neighbors. Each of us probably have someone living nearby.
Did you ever stop to think that the Lord may have guided you to the house where you live as a missionary assignment?
Isn’t it amazing that a connection that started with a plate of cookies or a basket of fruit could end up with you being able to share the salvation that our gracious God has offered?
Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer always has great ideas for easy, friendly entertaining. Her post on The Blessing of Hospitality gives a wonderful example of how easy it can be to connect with your neighbors.
(You can read it here.)
Do you know your neighbors? Do you have any tips for meeting them? What would you take as welcome gift?