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Be a Good Neighbors

February 22, 2013

Today, most of us live in seclusion. We come into contact with people in the workplace or at the store, but beyond that, we attempt to live in seclusion. In some cases, such as someone living on a rural farm, it may be inevitable due to the remoteness of their home. While in other situations, it may be we are going out of our way to avoid people.

I lived in an apartment community for a little over seven years. In my stairwell there were 12 apartments with people cycling in and out of them for the whole time I lived there. Of all those people, I can only tell you I truly know two of them. The rest I remember observable things: one had a boxer, another had a LOUD diesel truck, and another liked to sing off-key while getting ready in the morning. These are all observations. But only two of them do I remember, and while I still know what is up with one of them, we keep in touch with only one. We have become wonderful friends with this couple.

Those who live in apartments are in a perfect situation to meet people. One stacked on top of the other, but they rarely intersect unless by accident or to complain about noise. Why not show hospitality? Ask them over to dinner. No need to cook a fancy meal, spaghetti will do. Meeting them is the objective. Or if you hear them cheering for the same team you are, invite them over for wings and a ballgame. Help them carry their groceries up three flights of stairs. At one point, I helped a neighbor out by walking her tiny little dogs (they can fit in the palm of a hand and DO NOT look like manly dogs). If I can walk tiny little dogs, you can surly help a neighbor walk a dog.

We are social creatures to one extent or another, but many believers have a tendency to keep to our own little Christian clan. We fill our time with church activities and fail to plan time to meet those outside our churches. I challenge you to be good neighbors. Meet people and try to make a difference in their lives. Get to know their names. Lend them a helping hand. Love your neighbor, make a difference today!

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