This past weekend we had a block party with some of our best friends, our neighbors.
Today I want to talk to you about neighbors.
Why would you need wisdom on neighboring? Because firstly it isn’t common or even natural for many in the “Western world” to know or love their neighbors. Secondly, because despite this reality, it’s one of he most important things to do because of the value God places on you, and on others.
So here is my advice on neighbors.
1. Love them like you’d love yourself. Not only did Jesus ask it of us, but He demonstrated it in His love for you. This means that when your neighbor has a need, do your best to meet it. When your neighbor is crying, mourn with them. When they are celebrating, celebrate with them. Love your neighbor as yourself.
2. Get to know your neighbors. How can you love if you don’t know? So often we are hesitant to get to know our neighbors. Why? Because we want our homes to be our private sanctuaries, and we want our comfort above all else, even above others. Yes you need healthy boundaries, but life isn’t about your comfort. It’s about people knowing Gods love. By loving your neighbors and sharing Gods love, you are demonstrating to them that they are loved by God. What an honor to get to join God in saying, “you are loved, you are valued, you’re not a mistake, you are a miracle.”
3. Be a light wherever you find darkness. Sean and Abi, you guys are gifted, and you are a gift. Your smiles light up rooms. Your sense of humor Sean, with those cheeky eyes and your quick wit- will make people smile, who have been crying for days. Don’t hide your light, don’t shrink back from being the change you want to see. If your neighborhood, school, workplace, friend circle is dark or down or depressed or desperate, don’t let it stay that way. Ask God to give you opportunities to shine His light! You have all you need to be an amazing force for good and grace and life because you have Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Go for it!
With confidence that God will use you in mighty ways across the road and across the globe,
About the series:
I’m 29 right now, but soon I’ll be 30. 30 sounds so young to some, but to me right now, it’s feels old! It’s a real milestone.
It’s sounds funny to say this but the closer I get to 30 the more I think about what legacy I’ll leave my kids.
To be completely honest, the closer I get to 30, the more I realize I won’t always be here for them, one day I’ll go to heaven and get to be with Jesus face to face, and they’ll have to walk this earth with God in their hearts, the Holy Spirit as their comforter and guide, and Jesus as their example and intercessor, but they won’t have me here. So, for the times they might wonder, what would Dad have to say about this… I’m writing them a blog a day for 30 days. They might not need it now, but if they ever do, I hope it speaks to them.