One of the wonderful parts of our new block has been meeting so many of the neighbours on our street. We have trustworthy names like Betty, Roberta and other lovely elderly people. They each love Caleb and he drinks up their attention.
This was something that was missing on the last street we lived on. I did not realize how much I longed for that sense of community until we moved here and found it.
I had listened to an interesting radio interview on our local station on the day that we moved to town. The woman was talking about how strong neighbourhoods are the backbone of a strong nation. She gave many practical ideas for how to reach out to your neighbours and create strong relationships. She would often invite all her neighbours over for coffee and muffins on a Saturday morning.
She shared a story about how when she was away she had hired someone to come and fix something on her house. She had a phone call from each neighbour asking what was going on. They were concerned she was being robbed.
I saw many interesting things on our last block, and besides phoning the police once to report our neighbours for dangerous drinking and driving, that was it.
I’m excited about the new opportunity here but I’m reminded that to have a nice neighbourhood, I have to be a nice neighbour. I need to be an equal part of the change. For me this means saying hello to the person walking by, or crossing the street to meet the couple working in their yard. Sometimes I’m so caught up in my own world, I miss the people right beside me.
We need each other. Our communities need the light that we hold within our hearts, the love of Jesus Christ.
Romans 12:9 says
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
I pray that God gives our family a heart for these beautiful people on our street.
May our homes shine like lighthouses in the midst of hopeless and hurting people.
You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. (Matthew 5:14-16)
As we reach out to those around us, we also will have the blessing of safety and security. Proverbs 27:10 says that when disaster strikes it is better to have a neighbour to go to, then to rely on a brother far away.
These relationship are vital.
Help us out! How do you reach out to your neighbours?