No Perfect Neighbor {Day 18 :: NEIGHBOR}


Let’s get right to the heartbeat of love: neighbor. I won’t ask the question of who my neighbor is, but rather, how am I to love them well? Really, does the excellence of love even matter?

I hesitated recently to love a young mom. Usually, I like to bring a meal to a new mother, but I had no time. Coffee popped in my head. Then I got scared. It seemed simple and very, very vulnerable.

By writing this out, I realize what I’m doing again: complicating love, interjecting doubt and fear, like the cliff I backed away from because this is unknown territory.

A month ago, a different young woman at the tender age of 24 asked me out for coffee, and we talked for 2 hours. I immediately loved her. She didn’t wait for the perfect moment, and neither should I.

This post is Day 18 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2016

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October 17, 2016
  • I recently gave birth to our 4th child. My best friend moved out of state and couldn’t deliver the meal she’d like to, but she didn’t let that stop her. She sent a mutual friend some money and told her the kind of coffee my husband and I like…and included money for muffins. Then that friend delivered them to us…the morning after the longest I’d slept was a 20-minute stretch. The timing was perfect (thank you, Lord), and the gesture was so meaningful (thank you, Becca). I mean, why doesn’t Meal Train have a mid-morning snack option, amiright?! Anyways, serving in the way you CAN is all that’s required and nothing more.

    Thanks for posting!

    • That’s a lovely story, Sarah. Thanks for sharing the timely gift you received. It sounds like it was just the right thing.

  • Shelley

    I do this all the time! Over analyzing is what I do. I never thought about missed opportunities. Thx for the new perspective friend!

  • Amen to this!

  • Oh, I do that too: miss opportunities by waiting for the perfect moment. Sometimes, we just have to take the plunge. And who doesn’t love meeting up for coffee? Any excuse for a caramel macchiato 😉

  • Oh how often I do that too, love this series!

  • This is so true! I overcomplicate these things like its my job. I have never regretted reaching out, and it is so special to me when someone reaches out to me, so why am I so hesitant? Gonna look for an opportunity today to reach out. Thanks for this, sister friend.

    • Reaching out seems so easy some days, but others it is not. We’ve got to keep practicing the spiritual discipline of loving neighbors. Thankful you are loving yours.

  • Tara

    I wish we could sit and chat over coffee. Hopefully someday!