There are a lot of lonely people around us.
Even though we may not be able to tell or see from their outward demeanour, it's there and VERY REAL.
Personally, I think we as a society lack the HUMAN INTERACTION that we were CREATED TO EXPERIENCE.
We are MADE FOR COMMUNITY, not for anonymous living or superficial cyber acceptance! There are so MANY PEOPLE WHO WONDER IF ANYONE CARES WHETHER THEY LIVE OR DIE. We have a BEAUTIFUL OPPORTUNITY while we walk this earth to SHOW AFFECTION TO OTHERS through our tiniest of actions.
Sometimes I wonder why we were placed here in this farmhouse by the side of the road. Yes, we loved it and knew it was just what we were looking for.....we took out a mortgage, paid the closing costs, moved in and took a picture by the "SOLD" sign, but BEYOND that and more importantly then that WHY ARE WE HERE, on this street, in this town, in this state?(OUR FIRST HOME & CRAZY SHORT HAIR)
I don't make New Year's resolutions very often, (if ever). It feels like too much pressure on myself and being the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal I am, I don't do well when I feel there are expectations put on me, (by myself or by others).
Anywho, this year I DID make a resolution and it is to get to know at least two neighbors within two houses of my own,
north, south, east or west.
We all would be surprised to realize how LITTLE WE KNOW THOSE RIGHT AROUND US. I'm not looking to have a new best friend and don't have expectations of a blossoming friendship, HOWEVER, I DO HAVE EXPECTATIONS TO SHOW THEM THAT SOMEONE CARES and that people are still friends in REAL life and not just one click away. And this is not in my own strength or vision, it's just something that has come to my mind so often as I pass by the same houses day after day after day after day!(7 MONTHS PREGNANT WITH LUKE & PAINTING OUR BEDROOM).
"Dear friend, you are doing good work for God when you take care of the traveling teachers who are passing through, even though they are strangers to you. "
3 Jonh 1:5
3 Jonh 1:5
IT'S NOT ABOUT GOOD WORKS......it's about getting OUTSIDE OUR FOUR WALLS TO EXPRESS THE LOVE OF GOD IN A TANGIBLE WAY TO THOSE AROUND US.
Now, I have NO IDEA how I'm going to *meet* these neighbors.....
"um, hi, i'm your neighbor and just wanted to say hi, i'm your neighbor."
smile and stare blankly at each other.
Ok, so hopefully it won't go like that......but I do have food and FOOD ALWAYS OPENS DOORS right, (unless they think I'm trying to poison them)! Oh well, it's not for me to figure it all out right now. It's the WILLINGNESS that matters at this moment.
How about you? Wanna join me and meet two of YOUR neighbors within two houses of your own? We could call it "two within two" or something cool like that, (I like to name things and events)! :)
Leave a comment and let me know if you want to join me and we'll keep each other accountable and share the neat stories that ARE BOUND TO SURFACE when we get outside our ourselves!!
"I nod to a passing stranger,
and the stranger nods back,
and two human beings go off,
feeling a little less anonymous."