My next-door neighbor has a new roof that doesn’t leak anymore and upgraded electric system that won’t set her house on fire. With the help of a generous friend, we cleared over 14,000 pounds of debris off her property. It was mostly trash that was never taken to the town dump.
You see she gave up her car to have money to live on. I helped her apply for a senior discount on her phone bill. With the savings, she could now get trash service. But, she still needs more money to live on because half of her income goes to pay mortgage and taxes. I noticed that she was paying 6.5% interest on her mortgage, yet most mortgages go for about 3.5%. Her bank never suggested that she could refinance her mortgage to save money to buy groceries.
I asked my neighbor if she would be willing to check to see if she could get a better interest rate to save money and she agreed. Last week, we went to the bank together. The bank mortgage manager must have reviewed the neighbor’s mortgage because within a few minutes she had a plan where this senior could save herself $80 per month and get her mortgage rate lowered to 3.5% interest.
On the way home, my neighbor asked me, if I owed the woods where she likes to rest after taking a walk in our woods with her dog. I told her that the local farmer sold the parcel to another person for a profit and I was never asked to make a bid for the parcel. She enjoys walking in our park and takes a rest on a log in the woods. However, one day last week, the new owner came on his gator and pointed out to her that the log was on his private property. She did not know he owned that part of the woods where the log sits. He told her not to comeback since he did not want to be liable if she fell on his land.
When I told this story to my best friend, she went to the shed and pulled out a lawn chair and plot it into the woods on our side of the border. She told me to call our neighbor and tell her that she could rest with her dog anytime.
That my friends is what it means to be being neighbor. It’s not the minimum you can get away with that gets you eternal life; it’s the great soul within each of us. With this message of love, take this message and walk the talk.
God watches over us as we pray: “ Those who despise their neighbors are sinners, but happy are those who are kind to the poor.” (Proverbs 14:21).
Lord, I pray for all my Sonshine Friends who lend a helping hand to their neighbors. May their good works be their ticket to heaven.