Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full. John 16:24 (ESV)
A couple of weeks ago when Pastor Ryan asked us to fill in the chart with the names of the five neighbors that live closest to us, I have to confess I only knew a few. Some of them I was confident I had met when we first moved in but couldn’t remember their names. So that Sunday, I purposely began praying that God would give me opportunities to meet them. My pride stood in the way of just going up and introducing myself. I desired a comfortable, casual, meaningful encounter. Only God, could use spring cleaning and a garage sale to provide a perfect scenario in which to not only meet my neighbors but to a engage in real conservation. That is the God we serve, always doing abundantly more than we can ask or imagine! So this past weekend, with all my junk spread out on my driveway, I not only met three of my neighbors, I got to know them. As each of them stopped by I asked them to remind me of their names. It wasn’t awkward! But the amazing thing is they came and just visited. I believe our neighbors are desperate for community. I learned more about them in the last two days than I have in the last five years. I know it is because I ask God to do something only HE could do.
What I learned this weekend:
- We don’t have to overthink meeting our neighbors. We just need to be available.
- We don’t need to have everything planned. Be spontaneous!
- We don’t have to produce something artificial. Take advantage of everyday living.
- We need to ask God to let us see others thru his eyes and perspective.
- We need to surrender, our plans, agendas, and schedules.
The best part of this weekend, was the absolute JOY that I felt in connecting with my neighbors.
Have you taken the first step in meeting your neighbors? If not, think simple.
Step out in faith today and ASK God to show you opportunities to meet your neighbors. Then do it! One Neighbor at a time!
Brainstorm as a family on ideas to engage your neighbors. How about an egg hunt, pot luck, outdoor movie?
Today’s devo written by Kathy Spade