Loving Your Neighbor from a Distance 社交距離中愛你的鄰舍
If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. ～James 2:8 (NIV)～
This command is such a simple one, yet most Americans don’t even know their neighbors. Most homes in the North Texas area have garages in the back. We literally come home and drive into the garage without ever greeting our neighbors.
But during this pandemic, more people are walking about in their neighborhood with their family and dogs. People are riding their bikes and exercising outside more. This is a unique time that God has given us to get to know the people in our neighborhood. Why not just sit on your front porch or yard, wave, and even greet the people walking by? You never know when a friendly wave might eventually lead to spiritual conversations.
The key is being able to connect. Go to the dog park and connect with people. Move your grill to the front lawn and put on a juicy steak and people will come and make small talk. Go walking in your neighborhood without your earbuds, it’s easier to make conversation. When people see you with an earbud, they assume you are listening to music and don’t want to bother you. Go plant a flower garden, it will bring people around to complement how beautiful your garden is, giving you opportunities to connect. The point is not to have a pretty garden, but to make the choice to be friendly and get to know your neighbors.
Don’t let the current circumstances be your excuse not to follow God’s command to love your neighbor. Open up to them, be creative, share life with them so one day they can share eternity with you.
～Rev. Jireh Lin 林以勒牧師～