Recently, my family and I took an evening walk around our neighborhood. At two different points, we stopped to have conversations with neighbors who we had not met before. My wife and I both thought we were doing a great job being FOR our neighbors by stopping to talk with them until about halfway through the conversation. Both neighbors at some point in our conversation said something very striking. “You guys just moved into the neighborhood, right?” Why was this so striking? Because we moved into our house over a year ago! We learned something very simple but true that day. If we never see our neighbors and they never see us, it will be impossible to have conversations that lead to relationships! It’s so easy to stay inside, to hide in our backyards, to close the garage door as soon as we pull in – but we will never develop relationships with those near us that way. Here is our simple challenge to you – be visible to those who live around you.
Here are some tips on how to be visible to those in your community:
- Go to a yard sale to meet neighbors – not to just buy things!
- Attend neighborhood meetings and gatherings.
- Take walks with your family around your neighborhood.
- Play in the front yard with your family instead of the backyard!
- Do yard work when you know other people are going to be outside.
Let’s be intentional this week about getting out of our houses and backyards so that we can be visible to those around us. That’s how we can be FOR Our Neighbors.