Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor – Everybody Knows Zack
Dig Deeper: 1 Thessalonians 2:8
If you were to walk the streets with Zack, you’d be convinced that he knows everyone in his neighborhood. He’s never too busy to stop and say hello. After his MBA, Zack purposely looked for a job that would put him in daily contact with the people in his neighborhood. All of the regular shoppers at the [neighborhood grocery store he manages] know Zack.
Zack is known for his willingness to help. He regularly takes care of his neighbor’s boxer—[doing so allows him] to be engaged in the life of the career-driven couple who live next door. He’s also become a surrogate son to the elderly lady down the street. Without Zack, her sidewalks would never be shoveled in the winter, and he regularly delivers her groceries.
In the summers, Zack does everything he can to make his deck barbeque central, inviting someone to have a meal with him almost every weekend. Zack is a natural evangelist, but not in a forced, button-holing way. By the time Zack begins to talk about his relationship with Christ, the people around him are already attracted to who he is, and they already wonder what makes him tick.
—Paul Tripp in A Quest for More
My Response: If I wanted to be known for my “willingness to help,” what changes might I need to make in the way I use my time?
Adapted from A Quest for More (New Growth, 2007).
Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the needs of my neighbors; move my heart to reach out, serve, and share your love in everyday ways.