April 22, 2010

Being Neighborly

One of our neighbors stopped over this week to ask if she and her husband could fish the bass in our pond. As she stepped onto the porch to ring the bell, she realized that she had stepped into fresh paint from my hubbie's most recent "get the house on the market" task. The paint was nearly set, so she barely did any damage at all, but she just felt horrible about it and said she felt especially bad because she had come to ask a favor of us! She apologized many times, and of course my husband assured her that it was absolutely no big deal, and that they were welcome to fish in the pond whenever they wished.

The next evening she came back with this beautiful carton of eggs from a local farm as a way to say thanks for the use of the pond, and sorry for the porch mishap! We thought that was so incredibly thoughtful. So many people are embarrassed when they make mistakes and can't bring themselves to make a proper apology, but she went above and beyond and offered a very neighborly gesture on top of the apology. It was a simple act, but certainly one of those things that restores your faith in people. In case we forget just how seriously God takes our attitude towards our neighbors...
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets." Matthew 22:36-40


  1. I don't understand why people are so ashame to apologize. To some people it's a pride thing I think. I actually feel better when I apologize.

  2. I think our society has distorted the meaning of pride. It now equals "no humility" - which leads to thinking that we never do anything wrong!