All too often, we don’t know the people who live near us.
People drive in their garages at night, close the door behind them, walk back to the car in the morning, and drive away again.  Do we even know our neighbors’ names?
So when Jesus tells us to love our neighbor, often we honestly are left wondering, “Who is my neighbor?”  Because, more often than not, we really have no idea who they are.
As humans, we crave community.  As Christians, we’re meant to foster community.
How do we do that?


Be Visible, Be Available

In my prayers, I often ask God to make me aware of the needs around me.  I love the idea of being God’s hands and feet.  I really do want to love my neighbors.

However, if my neighbors don’t know me because I’m hiding in my house, I’m essentially keeping my “light hidden under a bushel.”

“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.  Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;  it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.  Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NASB)

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2 Replies to “Walking With God Across the Street”

  1. Thank you for sharing! My family and I are about to move to Saltillo from Austin. I started following you because you obviously have information that will be helpful to us. I have been trying to find an email for you so that I can communicate with you directly. Let me know if that is an option! I’m not sure how I’d feel about moving if I hadn’t found your blog. Thank you!!

  2. Oh, Amber, I’m glad you found my address somehow! (Because these comments have been hanging out, unknown to me for far too long! Oh, technology–I just don’t understand!) For anyone else who might also be in your shoes, my email address is, and I’ll make a point of making that more accessible on the site. Thanks, Amber! I’m so looking forward to meeting you!