Neighbor. What does it mean to be a neighbor? Natural disasters tend to bring out the best in humanity. This is often seen in levels normally not observed on a regular day. Once the life-changing event has passed, we all return to our personal bubbles. We feel good about ourselves and the work we have done to help others. Sometimes we erect monuments to ourselves to show others that we are “good” people. But why do we wait until an event as such to lend a helping hand to others? Thankfully, this is not always the case.
There are many who are merely doing what they would have done on a regular basis. These people often go unnoticed because they are not doing this for attention, but out of genuine concern for others. They do not wear uniforms. Nor do they wear capes with a giant “S” in the center. However, these are our everyday heroes and heroines who have embodied the true definition of living within a community. These are people who the Bible defines as a neighbor.
We often neglect to honor those who represent humanity in a positive light, especially when we see so many negative images in the world around us on a daily basis. The negative images we view daily continue to distract us from much of the good that remains in the world. But the Bible teaches us,
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another…” (Rom. 12:10).
It is our responsibility to stop long enough to honor these unseen giants and to let them know that their service has not gone unnoticed. After honoring them, we should begin to imitate them by a demonstration of service without the expectation of fanfare. Do it just because we choose to be a good neighbor.
So….won’t you be my neighbor?