Well, summer has arrived! We now begin the season of swimming, barbecues, ice cream, and general outside fun. I was at the lake this past weekend and saw lots of people out on their boats and sea-doos cruising around having a blast.
I also noticed many of those people were visiting others who were hanging out on their docks. There’s actually a real sense of community among folks at the lake. Lots of waving at random people and talking with anybody and everybody.
This reminds me how important it is to be “neighborly”. We’ve talked a lot about the fact that some of our best mission work should be done with those people who live right around us. It’s not as hard as we might think. Brian Johnson wrote a short description on our website about this idea:
Being a great neighbor is an art form, not an exact science. No one can offer a formula; rather, stories of real life experiences are often the most helpful. One easy way to get to know your neighbors and build a little relational credibility is to throw a block party. The team at artofneighboring.com has offered a practical guide to help pull off a block party in your neighborhood. They offer many reasons why this is a great idea like, a) this is a great way to increase a sense of belonging in your community, b) discover the skills you offer to one another, and c) have fun, no excuses or reasons are needed to celebrate. Copies of this how-to guide are available at the next-step tables on Sunday morning. Or you can get a digital copy of the guide here.
I just want to encourage you to be intentional with those people in your neighborhood. Look for opportunities to invite people over or get everybody together. Also, be aware of people’s needs around you and offer to jump in and help. Your greatest ministry and calling may literally be right across the street!