I love living in a neighborhood. I always have. I know there are people that don’t want anyone living around them, they love large land and there is an appeal to that, but for me, there is a beauty if sharing “space” with neighbors. I love greeting them as they drive, or walk by. Chatting briefly at the mailbox is fun too! But as Thanksgiving is just a couple of days away I want to focus on our neighbors. You see, there is a difference between living in a neighborhood and engaging in that neighborhood. My goal in every place I have lived is to engage with those who live around me. It’s easy to drive up to the house, park in the garage and never engage anyone outside of the home. We’re all busy right? But what if, just what if, God has placed you in the very neighborhood you live in to be a light and example of His loving kindness? It is a rare practice, indeed, when we really get to know our neighbors. When we allow ourselves to invest in their lives, and when we see it a blessing to serve them in any way needed. This week my outward focus will be the neighbor to my right. It’s always a good reminder to recite the words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…” This includes everyone, including your neighbor, whether they acknowledge God or not, He loves them and so should we.
Key Scripture: Galatians 6:9-10
Weeks Focus: Your neighbor to the right
Digging Deeper: Acts 17:24-28
Prayer Launch: Father God, as I enter into a week of celebrating all I have to be thankful for, may I not turn a blind eye to my neighbors. Today, Lord I focus on the neighbor on the right side of me. Father, I have so much to be thankful for. May my neighbor also feel thankful for all that you have provided. Lord, if my neighbor doesn’t know you yet I pray for them right now to encounter you in an intense way this week. And Lord, if there is anything I can do to bless them please give me the love, compassion and courage to do it. May they see your love for them in and through me.
- If you have not ever met the neighbor to your right go over and introduce yourself.
- Bring them a little gift just because
- Carve out some time from your weeks schedule to go over and really talk with your neighbor for a bit
- If you see them in need, meet that need if you’re able
- Ask the Lord for more resources to share with your neighborhood