40acts – Act 19: Next Door

“…Love your neighbour as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39 NIV)

This is one of my favourite Bible verses. I think if everyone put this into action the world would be such a better place.

Today’s challenge was from Gordon Watson from Hope Church, Sittingbourne. He said:

Do you know your neighbours? When you spot them outside their home, as you head back from work or take out the bins, venture beyond the old ‘hey neighbour’ nod. Take the time to get to know them, show a genuine interest in their lives, and decide to help where you can.

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He shared the story of meeting his neighbours whilst cutting shared hedges around his garden. Moving house, and country in our case, is an easy way to meet new neighbours. I just invited the neighbours for tea and cake one evening and lots came. It certainly broke the ice and a little of the language barrier in some cases. Now we chat about the trials and tribulations of trying to grow plants, tomatoes and cucumbers in searing temperatures when we meet outside. So I wondered how I could meet today’s challenge.

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Today’s Options:

GREEN OPTION:

How often do you say hi to your neighbours? Take that moment where you meet and spend time getting to know them a little more.

YELLOW OPTION:

Invite a neighbour you don’t know over for coffee or dinner.

RED OPTION:

Tell them, ‘I’m taking part in this daily generosity challenge called 40acts; is there anything I could help you with this week?’

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What did I do?

Well I already do the green option regularly so I thought it would be a bit of a pass to opt for that.

So I baked some salted caramel cupcakes and when I bumped into my neighbour this morning, after deliberating lingering watering the plants, I gave her the cupcakes. She was so surprised and delighted and grateful. It was a lovely reaction.

I’ve also arranged with my cell/ net/ home group (delete as applicable to whatever your small group is called) to deliver, this week, cupcakes with an invitation card to the Good Friday service, to all the immediate neighbours. We’ll go round and personally invite them and offer cakes. More joyous baking coming up for me. Yay!

#40acts