I understand that I should love those neighbours that I know – those neighbours who are my friends or acquaintances or even my enemies.
But how do we love those neighbours we don’t even know?
Somehow we’ve got to take the first step of entering into the world of those around us if we are going to love them well. I’ve been thinking about this question and started a list of ideas which I hope will grow over time.
Practical ways to love your neighbour as yourself
1. Carry booster cables in your car for those times when someone needs a jump
2. Bake cookies for the workers at the corner store
3. Offer to help your neighbour move when you see a “For Sale” or the moving truck pull up
4. Cook a meal for someone you hear about who is sick, had a baby or is mourning the death of a loved one
5. Help an elderly person carry their groceries or anything else that’s heavy you see them carrying (I wrote about this here)
6. Stop to play football (or any sport) with kids playing in the street
7. During the winter keep extra gloves and hats in the car to give to those you see on the street in need
8. Shovel the snow and ice off the pavement (sidewalk) of those near you, especially the elderly, sick or single mums
9. Make a cup of tea for those working on your street – telephone repair men, street sweepers, etc
I’m sure there are many, many more practical ways to love our neighbors as ourselves. Any suggestions I could add to the list?