Scripture verse: Galatians 5:14 – For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Each Christmas break my father would announce it was time for us to cut a load of firewood for the Lane’s. The Lane’s were an elderly couple that lived in a shack at the end of a dirt road a couple miles from our own house. They didn’t have any children and nobody much stopped by to check on them. What they did have were cats and lots of them. We would stop by their house so Daddy could see the fireplace and know what length to cut the firewood. I would look in amazement at the 30 to 40 cats running through their house at any one second. The Lane’s would ask me what seemed like a million questions about school, sports and girls. Then Dad and I would leave and spend a few hours cutting wood. I remember participating in this same routine every year until I moved from home.
One year as we drove to the Lane’s, I had to ask the question. “Dad you’ve seen their fireplace multiple times, why do you need to look at it again? You already know how big it is, can’t we just cut the firewood and drop it off?”
His answer was simple yet beyond my understanding. “We are providing the firewood because it is a need they have that we can see, but what you can’t see is that everyone desires to fellowship with people…to be neighborly. Visiting them to look at their fireplace is an excuse to show them how much we love and care about them.”
Take time to love and care about the people that come in and out of your life.