Who’s my neighbor?
Showing concern isn’t a noun, it’s a big verb. The main trigger to showing care and concern is compassion. Whenever people have genuine compassion for humanity, irrespective of the person involved, they still exhibit great concern. No man is an island, that’s true; we all need each other. In that regards, today we seek to know the person one can consider as part of his/her island hence the question, who’s your neighbor?
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a neighbor as a person who lives next to or near another person. In literal terms that’s very true. A neighbor is someone near you; your next-door tenant, the person sitting close to you in a car, at work and at a given place. This means that the person to be considered as a neighbor will vary from time to time.
In seeking to derive a deeper comprehension about who a neighbor is, an expert in the law asked Jesus to throw more light on it. “…So he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?'”[i] In His response, Jesus gave a parable of a wounded, robbed, stripped, beaten and almost half-dead man who had a Priest and a Levite passing by without caring about his poor condition. It took a Samaritan to show much concern and care for his needs. At the end of the parable, both the expert in the law and Jesus agreed that the Samaritan was the neighbor[ii].
Considering the parable, it reveals a deeper meaning of the word, “Neighbor.” A neighbor is, therefore, anyone close to the heart of others particularly in times of trouble or need. A neighbor is the one willing to assist another with the needed care or love so as to get others better. A neighbor is genuinely concerned about the welfare of others.
Being our brother’s keeper, showing love to others and supporting one another are key functions of a true neighbor. As we wait to celebrate the festive season, Christmas, let’s endeavor to show love to one another. Seize this opportunity to show concern to your neighbor; the very person who’s not just close to you by distance but by heart as well. Even after the festive season, seek to always be a good neighbor.
To be a good neighbor bear this quote in mind, “And good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life. I agree.” Robert Fulghum[iii]
Seeking to make difference in the lives of people, particularly, people you don’t know is a great sign of being a good neighbor.
God loves you and always want the best for you
[i] Luke 10:29 NIV
[ii] Luke 10: 29-37