Sunday one of our super amazing pastors at Hillside taught one session of a multi-series called: Rediscovering the Art of Neighboring. The challenge is to know and love every one of our neighbors, literally (Luke 10:25-37). People all over the Denver Metro area are hearing the same teaching and the map of who lives where on the website is AWESOME!
We dig this series BIG time. Especially when our neighbors are on their best behavior and are always quiet and bring us warm cookies to our door....psyche. We mostly are finding out we don't even know our neighbors names and they are sometimes (*cough*) jerks (*cough*). Ah, wouldn't Jesus be pleased with our loving hearts....We awoke last night at the unheard of hour 1:57 a.m. to the bass on our neighbor's stereo system so loud it was shaking our furniture. Not to mention the people upstairs who seem to be constantly competing in a yelling match. Or maybe they are both just half deaf. Hmmm?
Anyway, we are feeling some suh-weet conviction nonetheless to love and serve our neighbors well despite what we may have experienced or judged (cringe). This is obviously not a hero story because we were reluctant last night to love anyone!
So our challenge beyond just helping them out with a chore or shaking their hand once is really in serving them eternally. What the???? By loving them and investing in their lives we are hoping to reflect Christ and pray that they get hungry for God of the Universe!!! That would be the ultimate impact. Until then we are totally unable to love anyone on our own because we actually are capable of contemplating a citizen's arrest and vandalization at the wee hours of the morning.
Jesus please don't let them read this post....ever.