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Meet Me on the Front Porch

Woman Relaxing in Rocking Chair

southern front porchIn the south one of the most desired features when finding the perfect home is the front porch. Sure, we like them because we can sit outdoors on a cool day and feel the breeze.  We can sit in our rockers and watch the sunset. We can let the children be free to pretend and play. We can even do like I used to do with my grandma, sit on buckets and play cards on an overturned milk crate. She always won but it was a wonderful memory to create.

The greatest gift that hides within the columns of a front porch is the ability to take notice of the needs within an eye view of your front door; welcome the neighborhood young’uns who are trying to raise money for their Little League baseball team; the newlywed across the street who wants to borrow some flour to make her love’s favorite dish; and of course, for talking to that friend who just stopped by for some iced tea and encouragement.

The front porch is a place where the opportunity to serve abounds.

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

On the front porch we are facing away from our own needs and can be attentive to the needs of others.

We don’t have to have an actual front porch to experience this type of neighborly love. It can be something as simple as paying attention to others while in the grocery store. Smile. Say hello. Don’t keep your focus on your own cart and your own shopping list. The front porch is simply a state of mind that isn’t inwardly focused but instead is focused on the people around us.

Recognize front porch moments like the young girl ahead of you in line who is $0.35 short of paying for her groceries. Is that any different than a neighbor asking for flour? No. The world is our front porch. It is up to us as to how we use it.

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