Like a Good Neighbor

By Kathy Carlton Willis

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?” (Romans 15:1-2 MSG)

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Yesterday while walking Jazzy, the silly Boston Terrier, I heard a little girl voice greet us. “Hello Neighbor!” I looked over to the patio and discovered her family, just moving in below us at the apartment complex. Four stair-stepped children petted Jazzy while we talked with their parents. Russ and I offered to help with their move, and continued our walk, with grins still plastered on our faces from, “Hello Neighbor!” I’m already planning to take them a basket of food and a note with our contact information. It’s such fun when God introduces strangers into our lives.

It reminded me of something I thought up during a recent drive around town. Over and over, rude, aggressive drivers cut me off in traffic. With no one else in the car, I said aloud, “Didn’t you ever hear about being a good neighbor?” Of course, that stimulated the insurance jingle, “Like a good neighbor…”

Even if some schools won’t teach the Bible, they could teach the biblical concept of being a good neighbor. What would happen if each of us went out of our way to be neighborly to others?

Maybe I need to start my day singing a new jingle, “Like a good neighbor, I will be there!”

Jesus, thank You for being there for me. Give me eyes to see how I can help others.

 

God’s Grin Gal, Kathy Carlton Willis, shines the light on what holds you back so you can grow. Read her book, Grin with Grace, or find more information at: http://www.kathycarltonwillis.com.