Mr. Rodger’s Neighborhood

Posted: October 2, 2014 in Wicked Pissah

Do you remember that kid’s show Mr Roger’s neighborhood? Yeah, you know….. the one with that creepy guy that takes off his shoes while singing “Won’t you be my neighbor”.



I heard a sermon a few weeks back on the art of neighboring.  Studies showed some interesting things. For the 8 houses closest to you, could you:

1) List the names of everyone in the houses

2) Write something relevant about each person that you wouldn’t know by just standing in the drive way

3) Write in-depth information about each person (dreams, hopes, fears, etc)


The data showed the following:

1) Only 10% of people could list the names of everyone in the houses

2) Only 3% could write something relevant about each person

3) Less than 1% could write in-depth information about each person


Last weekend with autumn in the air I walked into Trader Joe’s and found pumpkin…everything! So I brought some pumpkin bread mix home and made some. It was so yummy, that yesterday I decided to go by a few more boxes and make some. I got to thinking about how this life really is all about relationships. The neighborhood is the easiest place to start cultivating these. Thanks to Denise’s “sky goddess” personality  we already have great relationships with most of our neighbors on the same street as us. But there are neighbors a few streets down that we see while exercising and have talked with from time to time and know their names, but not a whole lot more.

Last night I made two batches of the pumpkin bread, and brought it to 5 of the houses of people that know my face, I know their name(s),  but I don’t know that well…yet. I got invited into one home and found they were trying to hook a TV up outside to enjoy the great weather. To some, they might as well be trying to build a rocket to the moon. For me, I can hook up the TV in my sleep. After taking a look, there were some obstacles that we couldn’t get around, but I found a solution online. I will be going back to get it all hooked up for them soon.

When I texted Denise what I was doing all night she said “who are you and what have you done with my husband”?  🙂 You see, I’m an introvert by nature. I get energy by being alone and reading or playing music. I get drained when I need to interact with people and talk.

It’s amazing what God can do when you step out of your comfort zone.

He can show you:

How your skills can be used to serve others. 

How to do things you never thought were possible

How to be comfortable in something that is fearful or uncomfortable for you

I look forward to growing the relationships deeper with these neighbors, as when it’s all said and done, life is really about meaningful relationships. So why do we avoid them in lieu of Facebook which pretend to be meaningful, but really aren’t?


Formula of the Week

Neighbors + Meaningful Relationships = True Community

Question of the Week

How many of the 3 questions above can you answer, and what can you do about it?

Drop a comment and let us know!

  1. Gary says:

    So very cool! Way to blessed your neighbors (including me, I enjoyed your pumpkin bread too)! We all have opportunities to grow outside of the box that we are most comfortable in. Very inspiring, my friend.

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