In 1 Corinthians 10:24, we are told "Let no man seek his own, but each his neighbor's good." In these days of social media and electronic communication have we lost the desire and means by which we use to know our neighbor? Do you know the people who live next door or across the street? There was a time when we met face to face and knew all about those who lived around us. We celebrated births, raised each other’s kids, comforted in sadness, and cried when we moved. We wanted to be good neighbors.
Today we have many more opportunities and means by which we can seek to be good neighbors. It is so much easier to keep up with that neighbor that moved across the state, or across the country, or even to the other side of our world. Our neighbors are no longer just those families on either side of our house, or across the street, or even in our neighborhood. We can be a neighbor to anyone, anywhere.
So what are you doing for your neighbors? Are you praying daily for those who have sacrificed all they have to go spread the Word in another country? Are you supporting an orphan or family who barely survives each day? Do you volunteer in your community helping the homeless by serving a meal or donating your time? There are 250 documented homeless in Athens-Clarke County. Some choose to live this way, however many are victims of circumstances beyond their control. Most of the shelters and services provided to these people are run by volunteers. Would you be willing to prepare and serve a meal? Could you spend the night in a shelter to assist with feeding or transportation?
My prayer during these 40 days is that you will prayerfully consider who your neighbors are. I hope that you will be moved by the Holy Spirit to seek out your neighbors and “love thy neighbor as thyself.”
By Carter Greene