I was challenged to consider myself when I attended the rally in DC on August 28 with my wife, Jill. (If you heard it was a political rally, it wasn’t.) From a platform nearly as large as the USA, we were charged to love God and neighhbor. The problem for me was that I thought I already did both. I left there literally asking other attendees what they planned to do about what they’d heard. It seemed that each person had something tangible in mind, but not me.
I’ve been praying about what this charge means to me. I’ve also been asking Jill to help me sort it out. Not sure that I totally understand it yet, but one thing is clear: if we have any hope to see change in this world, our nation, our community, our families, it starts with love. Real, visible, neighbor love.
How does neighbor love work?
Here are a few things each of us can do to put neighbor love in motion:
- Pray. For our families, our leaders, our neighbors. Ask God to show you how to step up to the challenge.
- Talk. To people. Family, friends, strangers. Find out what they need. Offer to help. At minimum, pray for them.
- Wash some feet. Put away that water basin, unless you are going to use it for cleaning the home of a sick or elderly person. Mow someone’s yard. Do someone’s laundry. Mentor a fatherless child.
This is only the beginning. But it’s a start. Now go find somebody to love.