Being a Good Neighbor

Being a "good neighbor" means that you invest in others in meaningful relationships that help a community grow.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, ``If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. ``For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. ``For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? ``For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS. Matthew 16:24-27

Consider this story of two neighbors: One is withdrawn and somewhat grumpy. He never speaks to anyone (unless yelling at kids to get off his lawn counts as a conversation). The other waves at everyone, is always up for a chat, and knows all the people in the neighborhood by name. Who do you think is living the happier, more fulfilling life?

The neighbor who makes time for people builds community and is firmly becoming established as a member of it. This doesn’t happen automatically, however. Creating strong bonds requires time, resources, and emotional investment in others, which is rarely easy (but always worth it). Yet if we are willing to give ourselves away for the good of others, we’ll find a sense of wholeness and belonging that we can’t experience alone. It is only by giving up our life that we each more fully become the person God intends ( ``Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. Luke 14:27).

Think about it

What kind of neighbor are you? How can you reach out and build a stronger community with those who live nearby?

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