EGGS! HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY? If you are my wife and you are making “cornbread” they are very important. Now for you who don’t know what cornbread is you have my sympathies. For us who have been born and raised in the South it is a staple and more important than any piece of cake. How can you eat pinto beans without corn bread? Excuse me. I digress. One lesson I have learned; never boil all the eggs in the house in the morning if your wife is making corn bread at night. That lesson was driven home when my wife was making corn bread and came to the point where you add the egg. Uh Oh! So next door I went to borrow an egg from our neighbors just a few yards (as in feet) away. And thankfully they had an egg and graciously they gave it to me and said no repayment was necessary. My wife finished the cornbread and it was delicious and with the beans and greens it was a wonderful meal.

William Dunbar once said, “To God be humble, to thy friend be kind, and with thy neighbors gladly lend and borrow; His chance tonight, it may be thine tomorrow.” My wife and I have been living next door to our neighbors for several years now and they have proven to be wonderful neighbors and they are wonderful servants of the community where we reside. Everyone should be so fortunate as to have the kind of neighbors they are to us. One afternoon our neighbors came to visit my wife and me and we spent a couple of hours together around the table with some coffee and pecan roll. My wife and the neighbor man next door spent time sharing hospital stories since both had some serious experiences in those places over the last few years. Our neighbor’s experience took place in NYC and my wife’s exciting experience was in Delray Beach but they sounded an awful lot alike; emphasis on the awful. But his stories came out funny and turned serious things into humor. I like that.

Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And the second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these,” (Mark 12:30-31 NIV). Most of the time it is easy to love God but sometimes that neighbor part can be difficult when we expand the meaning to include all the people around us in the world. But my wife and I are thankful God has made it easy to love the neighbors living next door to us because they demonstrate by their lives their love for others as they do more for all the neighbors in our community than just lend (give) eggs. So our prayers are with our neighbors, people who lived in the Big Apple and now grace our small community in Florida, that God will bless them as they serve their fellow man and God today and every day. In the climate of today’s world I think it is important that we all work harder at understanding God’s concept of who our neighbor is and exactly how we apply God’s commands in loving our neighbors.

("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).

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