Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative’s house when disaster strikes you— better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away. Proverbs 27:10
If disaster were to strike you, who would you call first? Do you have a list of a few people in the town you live in you would call in case of a disaster or emergency? It seems the more “connected” we become as a society, the less connected we become with even our neighbors.
Recently I found myself in such a situation, and because we have moved quite a bit over the last few years, meeting new people in our community has been a bit of a challenge. It was at that time that we realized that our moving around wreaked havoc on our social stability. Quite frankly we had none. Who would we call in an emergency? We were able to locate someone who helped us out but it did cause panic for a bit.
So, what about you? Do you know your neighbors? Have you invited them over for supper lately? I know these are very basic questions to ask but when trouble comes knocking at your door, you may want someone close by to help out. The time to get to know them is not during the crisis but before. And besides, you might even like them.