Cultivating Neighborly Love
I have been blessed with some amazing neighbors. One has been an amazing influence in my life on taking care of community and neighborly responsibilities. I recently noticed my neighbor was working in the yard and has had some back problems in the past, so I asked Harrison to ask him if he needed any help. After saying yes Harrison immediately went into the garage to get his gloves and little yard tools. My neighbor went inside and grabbed a signature safari hat I see him wearing in the yard all the time and plopped it on Harrisons head, he giggled with excitement. We showed Harrison what we were trying to do and let him carry dirt from the bags into the flower beds and spread it out. After a short amount of time his methodical and carful dirt piling became flinging the dirt from across the yard trying to get as little dirt in the flower beds as possible. I felt horrible we came to help and now my son is wasting time and dirt, but my neighbor just smiled and helped fling dirt in the same fashion. We all three began trying to outdo each other in distance and accuracy, it had become a game. When we finished with the dirt we sat back and watched Harrison run through the yard commenting on how he was the best gardener ever. I looked at my neighbor and apologized for the mess and the waste. He replied that it was better to waste dirt than the day. He was just so happy we came over and helped.
Not all things accomplished are planned and not all things planned are accomplished it’s not how; but it is why we work that glorify Him.