So what were you thankful for and how does it and is showing in your life?
One of the main things in loving and investing in neighbors and our communities is perseverance. It always reminds me of Jesus and how he invested in His disciples over and over again. He never gave up on them and always persevered. But even in his own life he never quit even till the cross he was perseverant to finish well.
When we build true relationships we have good and bad days. Especially in the hard days we need perseverance to keep being committed to each other. When you work through hard things together you will grow closer together. I remember situations where we had hard days with people, but instead of walking out of the relationship we choose to work on it. And the thing that happened was that we got closer and had a deeper relationship with each other.
I am sure that you or somebody you know had a bad experience with a neighbor. You had the choice of shutting off the relationship or fix it. Maybe you still have that separation going on right now and you choose not to persevere. So we want to challenge you in this pre-Christmas season to persevere and do your part to fix it. So make this week’s goal to take the first steps by just doing something nice for that person. Maybe bring over some fresh baked cookies or something else. Start walking into this season with a heart of perseverance and reconciliation since Christmas is the time when Jesus came into the world to reconcile us with the father. Let’s persevere so we get to see how it changes our life, relationships and neighborhoods.
Hey our friend
Thanksgiving is over and we hope you made it back out of the food coma! We had a wonderful celebration for thanksgiving which we cohosted with a neighbor. It was a lot of fun! It showed how our area grows closer together which is amazing! We hope that you also had a great Thanksgiving celebration. Jen and I had a few days off after thanksgiving which was fun. For the next few weeks it will be busier with Christmas coming up so it felt good just to slow down for a little bit.
So remember this week to persevere and reconcile with a neighbor!
Did you start giving out invites and get over the fear?
For the last year we talked about loving our neighbor. When we do that we don’t just loveour neighbor, no we also change our community. When we change the lives of the people we love we change our lives. We make our communities better. We prepare the ground for people to start knowing Jesus and to fall in love with him. The door will be opened for others to really see the goodness of God and for us it will create a better life too. When we have a better community it translates into a better place for all of us. When we think about others first, we will change inside and selfishness and looking out for our own best intrests diminishes. We are changing to a person that becomes more like Jesus and loves more like him.
So loving our neighbor is good from all aspects. It brings more thankfulness in our lives when we see how others change and become more thankful. In a few days we celebrate thanksgiving a big holiday all about being thankful and community. When we love our neighbor and community it will not just be a day of thankfulness for us, no it will be for all the people we loved well and all the people they loved well and so on. Why, because they might have never had community and now through you loving them they found it and that is really something to be thankful for. Out of that they might bring community to there neighbors because they saw what it did to them and how it changed them. So lets keep loving our neighbor and keep making a difference in there lives. Let us be thankful this year for what God was doing in our and there life.
Hey our friend
We hope your week was good. We had a normal week here in San Francisco. We started preparations for Thanksgiving. This year we will host together with a neighbor which is exciting! Pray for a good time of connections and relationship. Jen and I are doing well too. We watched a sweet little dog of friends of ours which brought a lot of joy!
Think about 3 things every day this week which you are thankful for!
How are your invite lists going? Did you come up with some neighbors to invite? Trust us you will be blessed!!
Recently I watched this episode of little house on the prairie which was about a lady that moved into town and she was a bit strange. Many people right away stayed away from her. But 2 of the main character decided to befriend her. Through that friendship others started to accept her as well and that opened up the door for her to help people with giftings she had. But before she could help anyone she had to be accepted and be a friend. And also people first had to meet her before the opinions could change about her.
In all neighborhoods we have a person that is not as accepted or might look strange to us. But many times we judge just by what we see and not even knowing the person. The truth is we all have a first impression of people which often forms the way we look at them. It can either come from what someone said about them or it could come from something we observed. But if we don’t truly know them, we rob ourselves from the special things they have to give and we also rob them to not being able to be fully alive in what God made them to be. So it’s important to get to know everyone around us and be a friend to them, even if our first thinking is not to.
This week we want to challenge you to find that person in your community and start to get to know them. It makes a difference to them and to you. You might be the first one!!
Hey our friend
Fall season is on us and with that we had a big temperature drop in San Francisco. From one day to the next it dropped 30 degrees. That sadly let to me (Markus) first getting a pretty bad cold and then Jen started feeling it as well after a few days. Please pray for quick recovery for both of us. On Friday we had a special hike we planned with our encouragement for a long time and Jen was able to go. Everyone had a really good time and good conversation. It so wonderful to see how investment in relationships can be such a blessing and how true friendships come out of it.
So don’t forget to find the person in your community that’s different. Also another reminder to invite neighbors to thanksgiving and Christmas.