Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)
Last year my husband and I made the commitment to each other, and to God, to make our community a bigger priority. This includes our family, home, church, the natural world, and our Millwood neighbors.
Over the last few years we have noticed that there is a major leadership crisis going on. Both in corporate and government arenas, our leaders are focused on such sensationally macro-issues that they have lost all their potency as leaders! Public discourse has followed suit as well. The vast majority of conversations today are about issues that have little real-life implications.
A year ago when we made our commitment, Scott and I decided we didn’t want to spend our energies and resources fragmented at the surface level on a bunch of issues. In response we committed to going deeper with our community.
What Does That Mean?
It means whole heartedly we are going to make our best effort to live out the greatest commandments, even when we feel awkward reaching out to neighbors. We will do it, even when we are tired and one more volunteer obligation feels inconvenient. We will passionately invest ourselves into the greatest commandments, even when no one is looking, because it isn’t about us.
Loving God and our neighbors means we are open. We look forward to where the journey will lead us. It means at our house, all neighbors welcomed!