I’m becoming more and more convinced that most of the issues that disrupt and threaten our community would be eliminated or drastically reduced if we could just figure out a way to become a community of great neighbors.
When people are in relationship with one another, the elderly shut-in gets cared for by the person next door, people who are discouraged find support, people who are feeling purposeless find a bigger mission, the at-risk kid gets mentored by a dad who lives around the corner.
What if the most effective solution to a lot of the really big insurmountable problems in our culture – from racism, to the opioid epidemic to suicide is best addressed by people like us learning how to be good neighbors.
Let’s talk about it. Let’s hear what God has to say about this. We’re spending our summer each Sunday at Goshen Church talking about community, being good neighbors – and I want to invite you to be a part of this conversation – Community is a mess – people are way more broken then we want people to know about. But I’m convinced that making this mess is a worthwhile work and that if you can learn how to be be good neighbors – You might start to change the world – starting right here.
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