Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By GARY AN­DREWS [email protected]­vo­tion­

As a child I can re­mem­ber the neigh­bor­hood that my fam­ily lived in. It was a place where the kids could play out­side with­out the fear of some­one kid­nap­ping you or hurt­ing you be­cause neigh­bors were watch­ing out for each other.

There is an old say­ing that it takes a vil­lage to raise a child and pretty much in the days of 30 to 40 years ago this was true. In to­day's so­ci­ety neigh­bor­hoods are no longer as they were in the olden days. Neigh­bors don't know neigh­bors be­cause of un­cer­tain­ties, dif­fer­ences, or just not want­ing to be in­volved. It seems that homes have turned into houses and that home life is not a tra­di­tion of grow­ing up. Trust has been dis­solved in much of the world to­day. Peo­ple do not trust their neigh­bors any­more.

We are sup­posed to be liv­ing in a bet­ter world. It is sup­posed to be a much more ed­u­cated so­ci­ety how­ever it seems the more we learn the less we trust our fel­low­man.

We have al­lowed worldly views and ac­tions to be­come part of our home life and this seems to be de­stroy­ing the neigh­bor­hoods of yes­ter­day.

Re­mem­ber what Je­sus said when He was asked, "And who is my neigh­bor?" He gave the ex­am­ple of the good Samar­i­tan as he saw a man hurt on side of the rode and came to his aid. The Samar­i­tan then took the man to the inn and told the innkeeper, "Take care of him; and what­ever more you spend, when I come again, I will re­pay you." This is what many of us were taught as chil­dren, how­ever we have al­lowed the younger gen­er­a­tions to get away from be­ing good neigh­bors and be­come more and more de­pen­dent on them­selves and what the world prom­ises them.

The time has come, es­pe­cially in to­day's so­ci­ety that man needs to trust again in his neigh­bors and fel­low­man. How­ever, our friends and neigh­bors need to earn our trust as we need to earn theirs. Be­ing up front and hon­est with peo­ple is the best so­lu­tion to cre­at­ing good neigh­bor­hoods once again.

If we as a peo­ple would once again turn to the Bi­ble for our an­swers in­stead of lis­ten­ing to what the world is say­ing to us, then our neigh­bor­hoods and our na­tion will lis­ten to God on how we can be good neigh­bors.

Prayer - Thank you Lord for guid­ing me each and ev­ery­day. Teach me to be a good neigh­bor and dis­play the Christian spirit that only You can pro­vide. Amen.

(Sug­gested daily Bi­ble read­ings: Sun­day - Luke 10:29-37; Mon­day - Leviti­cus 19:918; Tues­day - Proverbs 14:15-21; Wed­nes­day - Matthew 19:16-18; Thurs­day - Proverbs 25:6-11; Fri­day - Ro­mans 12:1-3; Saturday - Psalm 101:1-8.) A092-10

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