What I Have Learned in a Month
Man, what a month its been. For those who don’t know, I have been with CCC for a little over a month and it has been a crazy, fun, and busy month. I will be honest I was unsure what to expect when I was hired. Nothing in my job background exactly prepared me for what we do here. For the last three years I have worked in the church as a youth minister first then a lead pastor for two years. Even though the church is great, and I love the church; many times, I think the church is concerned with getting people inside their doors. When I read the Bible I never saw Jesus concerned about getting people to attend his services. Jesus tell his followers to go into the world and to love.
Here at Connecting Caring Communities one of our main missions is to love all our neighbors. For me, that lines up perfectly with the command that Jesus gives; Love God and Love Neighbor. Another thing that we do here at CCC is to be good neighbors and help make good neighbors. Even though that sounds easy enough, it is really one of the hardest things to do. Ash (my wife Ashley) and I have had several conversations about what it means to be a good neighbor. Now honestly, I don’t have all the answers; I am still learning. However, I do know one thing. For us; scratch that, for everybody, to be a good neighbor we need to know our neighbors. I believe that relationships are the most important aspect of becoming better neighbors.
One of the first things that Ash and I want to do is just to get to know our neighbors. For us we have been intentional about being outside; being visible. We have played basketball in out driveway, when I grill I do it under the carport, and finally we have invited our neighbors over for impromptu get-togethers. One of those get-togethers involved us inviting our neighbors over for s’mores (who can say no to roasted marshmallow melted chocolate and graham crackers). It was a fun and interesting evening. You could tell that neighbors were visiting for the first time in a while and the kids wound up having a big Nerf gun war in our front yard (I was still finding Nerf darts the next morning).
Throughout all the fun and visiting one theme emerged on the night; a desire to do it more often. You see, I feel this is a desire for most people. They have a yearning to live life with others; they want to know their neighbors. That is why it is important for neighbors to be intentional about getting to know those who live around them. And that is the reason why we will be having more get-togethers where we can share s’mores; or floats or hot chocolate, because seasons are changing, in more ways than one.