As I sit down to write this article, a sense of guilt overcomes me. Thatís because I donít believe Iíve been a very welcoming neighbor. Thereís a new family that moved reasonably close to my house, and although Iíve waved a friendly ďhelloĒ while driving by, I really have not modeled what a welcoming neighbor should be.
Somehow it is difficult for me to take the time to spend time with my neighbors. With a busy family, involvements in church, school, school boards, work and maintaining our home, my new neighbors have simply slipped through the cracks. Sure, I can rationalize myself into feeling OK about that. But I donít think that the rationalization is what God really expects of me! I believe He expects me to show His love to my neighbors. When I donít even take the time to stop to say welcome to them, how will I know if I am missing one of Godís richest blessings ó the opportunity to share Christ with them? Maybe they already know Christ, but maybe not! How will I know if I donít make a first effort to find out?
Well, I am now convinced that even though they moved in a couple of months ago, I still need to make a quick intentional visit to our newest neighbor. I need to introduce myself and leave a 3 X 5 card with the names of our family members and our phone number.
Since it is much more ďneighborlyĒ to bring something good to eat along, Iím going to take over a batch of my favorite quick, but delicious cinnamon bread thatís made using FROZEN BREAD DOUGH. Iím also passing the recipe† and acrobat reader download along to you so you can share it with one of your newest neighbors. Youíll never believe how easy it is!
Look for many more quick and easy ways to be a welcoming neighbor in future issues of the newsletter. Thereís hope for us yet!
And by the way, Iím eager for this column to be a way for you to share your great ideas too! Once our web site is launched, youíll find itís easy to submit your great thoughts. In the meantime, however, e-mail us to share your ideas with us. I hope to hear from you soon.