Living Neighborly

M&H Staff
05/12/18

Delivering Christmas cookies, making small talk about the local sports team, shoveling a driveway... what does a perfect neighbor look like to you?

"Love your neighbor as yourself," Jesus shares in the Matthew 22:30.

The problem with our society is that although we're more connected with faraway friends via social media and technology, we're more isolated than ever before in the physical. We don't know who lives next to us or behind us; we may see them pull in and out of their garage every so often, but we don't know-know them.

If Jesus were living today, and if He lived in the exact spot we did, would He go out of His way to serve those living a stone throw away? Yes, indeed. We're called to be as Christ-like as we can, and by serving our literal neighbors, we offer a glimpse of Christ's love and servanthood.

You've likely heard the jingle "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there!" Imagine if instead, it was "Like a good neighbor, God's people are there!"

We've found 52 ways to be neighborly - to "be there" - one for each week of the year! Using these tactics, let's make our Milk & Honey community as loving as possible this year.

☂ Spring

  • Clean your neighborhood and parks
  • Spend time in your front yard
  • Prayer-walk in your neighborhood
  • Host a neighborhood garage sale
  • Neighborhood easter egg hunt
  • Mow a neighbor’s lawn
  • Help your HOA or apartment manager
  • Pick up litter
  • Start a neighborhood watch
  • Organize a playgroup for children
  • Welcome new neighbors
  • Pray over homes for sale
  • Learn your neighbors’ names
  • Lemonade stand, bake sale, craft sale

☼ Summer

  • Build trust with neighbors
  • Throw a block party
  • Spend time in the front yard
  • Share garden produce
  • Invite neighbors into your home
  • Connect with simple conversations
  • Appreciate your mail carrier
  • Invite neighbors for ice cream
  • Plant flowers in your yard
  • Support fostering or adoptive parents
  • Movie and popcorn night
  • Pray for your neighbors
  • Wash your neighbor’s car

☁ Fall

  • Host a fire pit of friendship - offer smore's
  • Rake a neighbor’s leaves
  • Look for needs in your neighborhood
  • Focus your gaze and build a bridge
  • Compliment your neighbor’s project
  • Start or join a facebook group
  • Carpool with your neighbors 
  • Drive safely in your neighborhood
  • Cheer on your neighbors
  • Give out halloween candy
  • Invite neighbors to a sports event
  • Write thank-you notes
  • Help an elderly or disabled neighbor

❄ Winter

  • Shovel snow for a neighbor
  • Go christmas caroling
  • Deliver a small gift to a neighbor
  • Show your appreciation to a teacher
  • Take out a neighbor’s trash
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Check on elderly neighbors in bad weather
  • Serve veterans in your area
  • Serve on a community board
  • Donate to a food pantry
  • Take treats to fire and police departments
  • Become friends with a senior
  • Offer to watch a child
*WI Northen MI Ministries Network
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