We realize Halloween just passed, and it seems like it might be a little late to be writing about how to have a worry free Halloween. But, before you stash this article away to be read next October, you need to hear us out.
We're not talking about some kind of quick tip to make sure you don't come across any last minute costume malfunction. Or the secret to quick and easy decorating. Or even a foolproof way to make sure you have exactly the right amount of candy for the kids.
No. This week in the Why Be A Better Neighbor Series, we're talking about how neighborhood relationships over the next 356 days will make your next Halloween more enjoyable...
"Hey, someone just broke into your garage and took your bike."
That is not the first sentence we hoped to hear when we saw that our neighbor was calling Joe's phone. But those were the first words out of his mouth. And, the next thing he said reminded us of how amazing our neighborhood is.
Check out the rest of the story to see what happened and how you can have a neighborhood as awesome as ours!
"Dad! He flushed my Spider-Man down the toilet!" was the scream that started it all. But we'll come back to that in a minute.
It can be easy for Christians to get so caught up in giving of ourselves that we don't allow others to return the favor. This is especially true for those of us who feel called to make a positive impact in the lives of those we interact with.
But, when we do this, we risk missing out on amazing lessons that others can teach us. Did you know Christians can learn a lot about Jesus and his character from those who do not call themselves Christians?
As Christians, we typically think of helping people in ways that everyone would agree are good. We fix something. Or we provide an item or service. We teach someone a skill or a concept. We provide help in ways that everyone would agree is good.
But what about when the kind of help someone needs borders on the line of being illegal? Can you still offer that kind of help? Would you be okay accepting that kind of help?
What do you do when somebody shows up to your house that you aren't comfortable with? If you're going to start hosting events for your neighbors and other people you meet (like we talked about in this article), this is going to happen to you at some point.
And when it does, we hope you've developed a close bond with your neighbors.
Today we're going to share a story from our first year of truly living on mission...
Is being a better neighbor really a good use of your time? It takes a lot of effort to get to know people and actually build relationships.
We talk a lot about the importance of knowing your neighbors and living in community with them. But do you ever wonder if you could be using your time more efficiently without all that?
How do you really know if anything good will ever come from these relationships? How can you judge if you're succeeding in your neighboring efforts? What if you don't see any of your neighbors coming to Jesus?
So, you want to be more missional, right? You want to get out into your community. You want to get to know your neighbors and the people you interact with. You want to find ways to build relationships with people. As a Christian, your job is to help people see Jesus by the way you live and interact with them.
But, who do you turn to for guidance in this? Who can teach you how to live a more missional lifestyle? Where will you learn how to get to know people and build relationships with them?