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