22 Days for Gratitude- Day 5: Neighbors/Friends

Today, I am grateful for my friends.

Friends who never turn you down when you bug them to let you come over.

Who always have good coffee ready, and even better conversation.

Friends who pray for you, who lift you up.

Friends who can be honest with you.

Friends who also know that honesty isn’t what you want to hear, it is what you need to hear.

Friends to laugh with.

Friends who are there for the simple things, the last-minute babysitting and that critical cup of sugar or egg.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls,

but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

I am fortunate to know more than a few friends, neighbors, who love as they would want to be loved, plus some.

To know one or two would be a blessing, to know dozens is nothing short of miraculous.

Thank you.

Won’t you be my, won’t you be my…

We are not just children of a most high God. We are able to sit at His table now as His friends rather than be shunned as enemies. And He gives us good instruction as to how we should treat our friends, or rather, our neighbors.  We are to love God first and then our neighbors as we would love ourselves. It is interesting that God chose the word ‘neighbor’ as sufficient in describing whom we should love instead of using the word “friend.” We could easily be confused as to who God is referring to..well, confused or lazy. We may consider only the friends that we keep in our immediate social sphere, see more often than not and have committed (spoken or not) relationships with. But a neighbor, a neighbor can be anyone to us. It is a universal term, not referencing one group of people or another, one label or another. It means anyone. Whether there is a formed and personal relationship or not we most certainly should take to heart that God instructs us to be kind to those, anyone, that we meet throughout our lives. This should be our default frame of mind.

This instruction means that we should regard one another as higher than ourselves, seeking to bless one another, serve one another, encourage one another, speak truth to one another and to honor one another. Regardless of whether or not a neighbor we meet would be someone we would watch “Mean Girls” with on a Friday night for the 50th time like we would our besties, this is our high calling. It is easy to be kind, loving and intentional with those that we adore. It is harder to do so with those that we don’t know as well. But how much does it magnify God’s grace when you show unfounded kindness, love and common courtesy and care for those that you don’t know as well? This is how we shall make disciples of all the world. This is care, this is love.

Thank you so much to those of you who have maybe stepped outside of your own comfort zone to love me. I am so very, very grateful. You are an example of God’s love and an enormous blessing to me. I could list all of you…but that might take to long.

Hint hint: try acting this love for your neighbors out right now, after this heated and tense election season. Just say a prayer first…  😉

The Great Commission

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.

17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful.

18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, 

baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you;

and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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