Thursday, May 30, 2013

Being Neighborly

Being Neighborly

Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets. –Matthew 7:12 NLT

As children we were taught “The Golden Rule”. That was the first lesson we learned in getting along with our siblings, and then later in school with our classmates. It still applies today, even more so, no matter what age or stage we are in life.

While we may not be able to choose our siblings or where we sit in a classroom, we can choose where we live. It is amazing how kind and warm neighbors can really make a neighborhood special, and conversely, rude, impolite neighbors can create tension. I am blessed to have had wonderful neighbors in the different places we have lived. They were friendly but not intrusive; helpful but not nosey; generous without keeping score. I learned by example from many wonderful people over the years what a good neighbor really is. I am forever grateful for their loving hearts.

We get many chances every day to look in on someone, to send a note, to sit on a porch and visit to provide company. If you have ever been on the receiving end of generosity from a neighbor then you know how wonderful it is when God surrounds you with help and love when you didn’t know you needed it.  I believe our Christian values can be applied as much on the streets of our neighborhood as anywhere else.  It is said that, Where our bread is concerned, it is a material matter. Where our neighbor's bread is concerned, it is a spiritual matter”. Think of things you can do to contribute to the spirit of being a good, godly neighbor. In a world where so many people seem hesitant to “get involved”, I believe God would want us to be His hands and heart on earth. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. –Galatians 6:10

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