On Saturday we had another neighborhood cookout. It was decently well attended and quite a blessing for all involved. One question that we really need to ask ourselves is “Why did God put me in this house/apartment/condo/igloo (if you’re an Eskimo)? He has placed us in specific locations that we would bless those around us. We may like where we live; we may not like where we live. However we are not to “waste” where we live, but instead live among and love those whom God has ordained us to live among and love.
A verse that my mother (via her Tea Calendars) has brought to my attention is Acts 17:26-27
“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
A neighborhood cookout is a great place to build relationships which may eventually lead people to “seek him (via YOU) and perhaps reach out for him and find him.” In addition, such cookouts bring community to people who are naturally (and now more than ever) isolating themselves from deep relationships. It’s been a blast to see relationships begin to form from these simple get-together’s.
If you’re interested in hosting one, and I think yo ought to at least consider it, I recommend simply sending out an online poll to find a suitable date, and then sending it again to coordinate who’s bringing what. It may take a little effort to eventually break through the inertia. But in the end, you”ll find it well worth the effort and prayer.