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It’s a Beautiful Day in This Neighborhood

It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let’s make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we’re together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won’t you be my neighbor?

Won’t you please,
Won’t you please,
Please won’t you be my neighbor?

Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood was an amazing show. How many times growing up did you watch his show and honestly think this amazing man actually wanted to be your friend? Now, granted, at that age we believed many things that could never actually happen. But I’d like to think this man was different. There was something truly special about him.

And there was something special about him. Not only could he look through the camera and speak to multitudes of children through many decades, he sat in front of a senate subcommittee on May 1, 1969 and talked about the need for continued funding for public broadcasting… and won.

He spoke in such a simple graceful way that not only children but the people that govern our nation listened. He was asked once about why he got into TV to begin with and his answer was “I went into television because I hated it so, and I thought there was some way to use this fabulous instrument to be of nurture to those who would watch and listen.”

I think if Mr. Roger’s legacy were to be memorialized and modeled, our children would be much better off.

There are other instances of great people doing the same things. One, in particular, stands out to me the most. You all know who this person is so I will just go ahead and tell you.

It’s you.

You thought I was going to say Jesus, right? All church blogs point back to Jesus, so why shouldn’t this one? The simple answer is that I think Mr. Roger was doing something amazing in Jesus’ name, something you and I can do on a much greater scale. No, you or I probably won’t ever be able to reach the millions that Mr. Roger did over his career. But to quote the Orange curriculum, “What you do for a few has more potential than what you do for many.”

Many times we look at Christian celebrities and say something like, “They do an amazing job reaching the lives of people. I wish I could do that.” And we go about our lives waiting for the Mr. Roger’s of the world to preach Jesus for us. The Shannon’s of our churches to preach the gospel. The children’s ministers like Corey, Melissa, and Heidi to teach our kids. The student pastors like Keith and Tucker to teach our teenagers. When in reality, we hold a much stronger relationship with someone.

Someone out there looks at you and me and desperately wants us to speak into their lives. My children look at me and want me to lead them. It’s my job to not wait for my church’s leadership to lead them, but for me to be the leader God has meant for me to be.

Our church’s mission is to make disciples who make disciples. But that doesn’t mean we put the onus on the leaders of the church. This righteous and spiritual charge is given to every person that calls Jesus Christ their Lord (see Matthew 28:19). Your job, no that’s the wrong word… your privilege is to speak the gospel into those around you. Don’t wait for Mr. Roger to put his sweater (that his mom made… wyes his mother made all his sweaters you can Google it) on and speak into your children and your leaders. You go and make those disciples. You speak into the few you have influence with.

You can make a difference that is unlike any other. God has put you where you are because He wants that from you.

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My wife Melissa and I have four children Jack, Sam, Hailey, and Eli. I serve my church as a deacon, 912 leader, and in Allstars. I love great food, hanging out with my kids, going on dates with my wife and wrestling polar bears.

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