How was your holiday? I pray you had a wonderful weekend! We spent the day with the family grilling, swimming and just having fun. Then later we took our kids to Fort Leavenworth for a great firework display. It was an incredible weekend.
As we were leaving the Fort last night, I told my husband how much I loved the Fort. It is always so clean and pretty. The lake and parks are always well manicured. Everything you could need is at the Fort and most of it in walking distance. The military families there never have to leave base if they don't want to. Everything is right there. It is a great community. And, oh, the history! I love it! Now don't get me wrong, I know that military bases can have their fair share of problems. But it really seems like a close knit community. Everyone there has a common purpose.
As we continued our drive home I thought about where I live. Most people take care of their lawns, but not all. I am not within walking distance of anything except a small park. And I do not know my neighbors at all.
I can't change how my neighbors care for their property. I can't move stores and such closer to me. But I can change my relationship, or lack thereof, with my neighbors. I can make our community a little better.
My actions. My attitude. My prayers.
I can wave at my neighbors. Do random acts of kindness for them. Hold them in prayer. Or stop by and say hi when they are outside.
I have always envied the Andy Griffith or Leave It To Beaver way of life when it comes to community. But I don't have to because if I try, I can have it too.
Have a wonderful week friends!