Loving My Neighbors

Read: “‘Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”’” Matthew 22:37-38 (NIV)

Reflect: In my weekly business-networking group, we often ask the question: “If everyone did what I’m doing, what would our results look like?”

Of course, this question is asked with accountability in mind but it also makes a profound point. There are some of us doing a lot to affect positive change and some of us who are very doing very little, if anything at all. The objective is to get each one of us to take a look at our personal action or inaction so we can make a decision on what we will do next to help the people we interact with.

This weekend, as I listened to the message, I found myself rewording this networking question in relation to being a Godly neighbor: “If everyone in the church did what I am doing, what would our community look like?” Would our community look like anything good is getting done? Does our community think we’re only mildly interested in being there? Would our community look wholly cared for, or is there more we could be doing? This may be a difficult question to wrestle with. While different chapters in our lives may change what our response or involvement looks like, the question still remains relevant. I’m going to be asking and answering these questions myself this week.

React: Take time to be still and assess what you can do in your own neighborhood or place of work. Commit to doing what you can to affect change for the better and love on the people that you interact with most frequently.

Pray: Lord, help me this week to be honest with myself about my contributions to the people I’m in close proximity with on a regular basis. Show me how, and where, you want me to serve my neighbors.