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Neighbours (Roi M)

February 9th, 2011 by Thalia Kehoe Rowden

From Roi M

I have been thinking about the whole “Stepping out the boat” thing and what is churning around in my head is the “love thy neighbour” command.

I guess it is pretty important because Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” and then “Love your neighbour as yourself.” He said this was like the first command.

I don’t know about you but this is hard stuff. Often I think love my neighbour … if. If they are like me, if they friendly, if they are the kind of people I want to hang out with. We have people accross the road from us that seem to come and go all the time and I am never really sure who lives there. Sometimes I am thinking what really is going on across the road? Perhaps they just need help I am not really making the effort to find out.

Of course our “neighbours” are not limited to the people over the fence but almost anyone we come in contact with. It ties in well with the Alongsiders concept we looked at last year.

Perhaps if I practise the first command Jesus gave: “Love the Lord your God…” then loving my neighbour may come easier. Not always easy when you are faced with screaming kids (must be our house), yapping dogs, boy racers and wild parties but instead of putting up mental fences to block them out of our lives we could put our Jesus eyes on. This whole stepping out of the boat thing is a bit daunting, especially if a “storm” suddenly whips up but perhaps leaning over the fence and saying “Hi, how are you?” to your neighbour could be a start.

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  • 1 Hester Feb 9, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    Sounds like a great start to me. I’ve discovered there can be something pretty special about building relationships with our literal neighbours. It leads to less animosity in sharing living space, and provides options for help with emergency baby sitting, holiday cat feeding and the like. When you live right next door it seems more natural to pop over for a cuppa without having to formally invite each other and a chat over the fence can be one of the highlights of my week.

  • 2 Murray Lowe Feb 10, 2011 at 7:53 am

    I agree I have to constant remind myself to look beyond my myself, I like the saying “you don’t know why they are like that or do what they do, until you’ve walked in their shoes”

  • 3 Robyn Ryan Feb 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Hmmm well, when we moved here I tried to be “neighbourly”, because that’s how I’ve always been. In town, it seems, no one “wants to be neighbourly” but “everyone wants to no about you” … at least that is what I’ve experienced so far. Our immediate neighbour wanted to know stuff so phoned a mutual friend asking them to “find out” & phoned them back 20mins later to see “if they’d found out” … Has NEVER asked us why the ambulance was here (bringing my Dad from the hospital) !!! When his daughter died I baked & delivered our condolences, his wife smiled & he’s never spoken since !!! When I introduced myself to another neighbour he told me “my wife is coming to see you”, that was 5yrs ago & I’ve never seen her !!
    This is why I am “shy to step out of the boat” …