Today, my family and I head to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, for 2 months on sabbatical. The hardest part of leaving home is leaving our neighbors. We love walking across the street, or next door, and sitting down with a glass of lemonade and talking with our neighbors. We love helping them with projects, their yards, snow blowing their driveways, or whatever they need in the moment. We love our neighbors, because God loves us, and He loves them as well.
The Apostle Paul writes, For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Galatians 5:14 ESV) Paul was quoting Jesus, who fulfilled the law on our behalf.
This summer, why not just walk across the street and get to know your neighbors. Learn their names. Invite them over to sit on the porch and drink a glass of ice cold lemonade. Have friendly conversations in the neighborhood where you live. God has placed us where we live for a reason.
Like I said, the hardest part about leaving home is leaving the neighbors we love. Here’s to making some new neighbors in Steamboat.