I look forward to our future neighbors.
Let’s talk about how moving into a house can be awkward for a moment.
It’s your first day in the neighborhood, your dresser just tipped over, and your clothes are all over the lawn, and of course at that very moment is when you meet your new neighbors. They walk over and greet you in that moment when you are the least prepared and welcome you to the neighborhood.
At LifePoint we get the opportunity to be new neighbors and my hope is that we can enter the neighborhood prepared and welcomed. I am reminded of the “Beyond the Fence” series where we talked about some practical ways we can be a blessing to our neighbors. In this series, we were challenged. Challenged to think about how to be intentional and reach our neighborhoods, to get to know them, and to share the good news of Jesus with them. This series and our future home are full of opportunities to be a good neighbor. Here are three things we can do right now:
- Get Involved Now.
As I reflect on the challenges laid forth in these series, I cannot help but think about our future neighbors at the Harrison Street School. For the past few years, I have had the privilege of being a mentor in the schools. This has reminded me the importance of how just being there – being a neighbor can be so important. Mentoring, donating food, supplies, time, etc. there are dozens of ways that we can get involved now.
This one is simple, but someone who is a good neighbor is someone who celebrates with you. This could look like attending their fundraises, going to their ribbon cutting, being at their community events, or following them on social media to learn of other ways you can celebrate with them. This school is going to do great things in this community in their new location. I encourage you to be neighborly to them today and by being one of their fans.
Being a fan can also lead us to be concerned about what our neighbor is concerned about. There are hundreds of lives represented at this school. I pray that we as a church are lifting them up in prayer consistently. Pray for their growth and development. Pray for the staff as they equip, engage, and educate so many of our city’s children.
Again, I look forward to our future neighbors and the opportunity we get for that first impression. LifePoint is a church, but we are also a neighbor and as a neighbor, I hope we can be a neighbor that everyone talks about its presence making the community better.