Love Your Neighbour

I want to encourage you this week to step out in faith and get practical with loving people around you. Does the thought of stepping out scare you? Don't be alarmed or concerned... what I am going to share are simple, practical things that any of us can do.

A few years ago I came across this great article by Ed Stetzer called 10 Ways to Love Your Neighbour which (funnily enough!) provides 10 great, practical ideas for how to reach out and love your Neighbours.

In the article Ed makes a powerful statement that I want to share with you. He says this:

"You can't love your neighbor well if you live an overscheduled life. The key is leaving margin in your life so that when the opportunity to love your neighbor arises, you're available."

 

Are you over-committed? Are you living an over-scheduled life? Or do you have some margin and are just wanting some ideas around how you could practically love your Neighbours?

Well, here are the 10 ideas of how to do just that from Ed's article:

  • Invite one neighbor over for dinner each month.
  • If someone is new in town, invite them to join your plans for the weekend.

  • Organize a walking group or running club.

  • When someone tells you they have an upcoming job interview, a test, or a doctor appointment, mark it on your calendar. Follow up on the big day with a note of encouragement to let them know you are praying for them, or ask them how it went afterward. Better yet, do both!

  • If you see someone moving in, bring them dinner, cookies, or basic supplies they might need before they unpack, like paper towels, toilet paper, and hand soap.

  • Ask your neighbor to be their friend on Facebook. This is a great way to find common ground and things to talk about the next time you see them.

  • Practice random acts of kindness. Take your neighbor's trash out, or put their trash can away after pick-up. Mow their lawn "just because."

  • Use your kids as an ice breaker. Invite a fellow mom and her kids over for a play date and get to know her over a tall glass of ice tea.

  • Get outside the walls of your house. You'll meet neighbors as you walk the dog, take walks, work in your yard, or hang out at your neighborhood pool. Don't just wave; be intentional about saying hello and getting to know them.

  • Organize a neighborhood get-together so that your neighbors can meet each other. In 2012, Sarah in Dallas made it her goal to have 500 people over for dinner, one neighborhood dinner at a time. She created Neighbor's Table and helped to turn her neighborhood into a community.

You and I CAN reach out and love our neighbours. It doesn't have to be hard. Sometimes it is the little things that make the biggest difference in someone else's life. Go on... love your Neighbour this week!

Blessings,

 

Ps Joel Hawting

 

 

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