Christians have a tendency to act like we always have it all together. Like nothing could ever go wrong for us, and we don't need nothing from nobody.
Sometimes, we get so focused on offering help to other people that we become unwilling to allow them to do the same for us. And we rob them of the opportunity to bless us.
Well, at some point, we have to come to terms with reality.
You see, there are 2 kinds of people in this world. There are those who can fix pretty much anything, and there are those who lack the ability to fix anything. At all. Now, regardless of which side you fall on, you know this is true.
And, if you happen to be on the lacking side of things, you will be able to relate to this story a bit more than you will if you have repair skills.
Have we mentioned how unimpressive our fix-it skills are? We definitely fall into the lacking category.
Your neighbors Can fix your stuff...and they might even do it without asking
We have things in and around our house that have needed repair for more than a year. But, rather than figuring out how to repair them, we tend to just replace them. The amount of money we spend seems to be worth the amount of time it would have taken to learn the skills necessary for the task.
And, it's pretty rare that we will ask others to help with these tasks. Especially when we know that what we're really asking is for them to do all the work while I (Joe) basically just watch.
But having neighbors with skills can be amazing.
One neighbor asked if it would be okay if he came into our backyard to trim our fruit trees while we were away. Who's going to turn that down? Especially if you were to see what kind of shape our trees are in.
Another called his glass repairman friend when one of our boys threw a Frisbee through our front window. He had it fixed the next day, and we're pretty sure we paid less than the glass cost.
Another borrowed a folding table from us for a party at his house. The table wasn't looking so hot when we gave it to him. But, when it came back over the fence, the brackets had been reinforced and it was much sturdier than it had been the day before.
That neighbor is the one we're going to focus on today. He has a tendency of repairing the kids' toys when they play a little too rough with them...which happens quite often with 3 young boys in the house. And he does it all without anyone asking him too.
Not too long ago, I came home from work to find that he had been at it again. He had gone and started fixing things again, without my permission.
The water faucet at the back end of our yard broke about a year ago. Ever since then, we've been unable to turn it off. Instead, we just tied about 99 knots in the hose and stacked some heavy stuff on top of it to keep it from spraying constantly.
Additionally, our front gate has been in bad shape ever since we moved into the house. The latch wasn't attached right so it was hard to open and close, and some of the boards were loose. The fact that our backyard is a popular place for all the neighbors to hang out didn't help matters much.
Well, when I got home, Sarah told me our neighbor had been in our yard for a good portion of the day.
As I began to inspect things to see what he had been up to, I found that both of these problems were gone. The faucet now has a new valve on it and the gate opens and closes smoother than I've ever seen it.
When I thanked him, his response was, "I wanted to fix your sprinklers too, but you borrowed my tool and I couldn't find it." I had borrowed his sprinkler wrench a couple weeks earlier, but hadn't quite gotten around to doing anything with it.
Our neighbor took it upon himself to do all of this work, and we hadn't asked him to do anything. He just saw a need and decided to take care of it.
To make things even better, the following weekend he gave me a quick sprinkler tutorial and helped me replace 2 heads.
What did we do to deserve this?
We just have a good relationship with our neighbors, and that results in people wanting to help each other. Because that's what good neighbors do.
You want a neighborhood like that? We want you to have one. And that's why we keep sharing stories like this one with you.
So you can look forward to hearing more about our wonderful neighborhood as the weeks go by. And hopefully you'll be encouraged and equipped to create something similar with your own neighbors.
Don't know where to start?
Why don't you start out by just getting out into your neighborhood a little more. We put together a list of things you can start doing today to get yourself out into the neighborhood more. Download our list, and give one of these ideas a try!