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Do you know your Neighbor?

Posted: Monday, October 16

 Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

Pastor Stephanie Humpa // Care Ministries Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Jeremiah 28:1-29:32
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 25:17

 Verse of the day:  

 “Don’t visit your neighbors too often, or you will wear out your welcome.” (Proverbs 25:17)


Have you ever had your neighbor stop by for a cup of sugar or for some favor? I haven’t. In the last 4 years I have lived in 4 different places and in each of those places I hardly ever saw my neighbors. We have lived in our current home for over a year and I still have neighbors that I haven’t even seen. For a lot of us the problem isn’t that we are wearing out our welcome with our neighbors the problem is we just don’t really know the people living around us.

 

 

Matthew 5:-14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” It’s hard to let your light shine to your neighbors if you are always locked away inside your house. I believe that God has put each of us in our communities to make a difference right where He has us.

 

 

We have a light living inside of us that needs to be seen. Is your light being seen by those who live by you? As the weather gets cooler and we tend to hibernate inside more how can you intentionally look for opportunities to engage your neighbors? Could you give a cup of hot chocolate or apple cider to cold parents of trick-or-treaters, could you deliver cookies at Christmas, or have a night where your family helps shovel snow around the neighborhood? Solomon’s advice still holds true but for most of us we are a long ways away from wearing out our welcome. What will you do to engage?