For the past 21 years, we have lived in two houses out in the country. We have had a total of three neighbors. The first one was actually a good neighbor who was friendly and helpful. The second was a young family who despite all of our efforts had no desire to be neighborly . For the past 11 years we have had the same neighbor who has been slowly moving out for the past month. Today Dan is leaving for good and moving to Texas.
Years ago it was established that since we do not enjoy parties or adult beverages , there was not going to be much of a relationship with our neighbors. In fact, except for a few situations with horses and the road we share, we had very little contact with Dan or his family. In light of this, it is not surprising that instead of feeling sad to see Dan leave, there is absolutely nothing. This leads me to the question of what exactly is a neighbor.
A neighbor is somebody who lives next door or close to someone else. I immediately think of the television show Home Improvement where every episode featured the next door neighbor, Wilson , having a neighborly discussion with Tim or his wife. Wilson was not only the next door neighbor but a walking encyclopedia of wisdom and wit. But, is this what Jesus was referring to when He said to love your neighbor as yourself?
Simply put, the second great commandment to love thy neighbor as yourself is speaking about fellow man or another member of the human family. Although there are many places in the Bible (especially in the Old Testament) where neighbor is referring to someone living in close proximity, the second great commandment is broader in its meaning and is urging us to love our fellow humans as we love ourselves.
Loving others as ourselves is equivalent to what is known as the golden rule which is the term used to describe what Jesus taught in Matthew 7:12, which is taken from Leviticus 19:18:
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12 (KJV)
Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord. Leviticus 19:18 (KJV)
I wish Dan well in his move. I hold no animosity toward the man nor do I worry about not having a closer relationship with him all these years. We had the type of relationship folks living in the country have with those who live in close proximity to each other. Soon our new neighbors will be moving in and I am eagerly anticipating meeting them. Hopefully we will have much more in common with them. Godspeed Dan!
Great blog Kirk !
Neighbors can also be the Nation next to you ,or as Beth has said around us here !
I am also graceful and thankful .
Stay blessed forever
I have to say that the various neighbors I've had over the years fall more into the category of friendly acquaintances rather than friends though I've always been blessed to have good neighbors. I am thankful for that. I must confess that we tend to go about our daily business but at the same time, I know I can call on them when/if I need help and they can call on me as well. That is good to know.
Like you and Beth, I too am very blessed to have some wonderful neighbors on this site.
this ties in with our new move this week. same apartment complex but a different building with more kids to deal with. atleast we will be one floor lower.Hope my wife's aunt who lives with us now" dont think the birds are not her friends.. be blessed