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The Neighbor Challenge #2.  In it the author talks about how knowing the names of our neighbors is essential to actually knowing our neighbors. Taking the time to know the name of another demonstrates a tangible way of demonstrating their value. She says:

“Knowing someone’s name is fundamental to relationship building.  It’s the start of our story, and when you take time to learn someone’s name you show you value them.”
Your intention of cultivating a knowledge of and relationship with them begins in the simple act of saying, “Hi, I’m ______. Your name is?” Then, and this is crucial, you must actually stop and listen. Listen to your neighbor. You’ll never get anywhere in developing community if you haven’t developed ears that listen. For far too long we have allowed ourselves to get away with a simple wave or “Good morning” and wonder why relationships aren’t being developed. Those who claim to follow Jesus are not called to merely wave, but to love our neighbors. Love builds community for love springs from the being who is communal love: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As Icons of this being, imperfect as we are, we are called to live in community with each other. Hiding behind an anonymous wave just won’t do. And I think this is the beauty of knowing others’ names that this article brings out. God doesn’t merely wave to us from across the street. No, God came into our neighborhood and took time to know our names because it is intrinsic to the cultivation and development of relationship. God doesn’t just say, “Hey…you…dude from across the street.” No; God says, “Hey Jim. How was your day? I’d love to hear about it.” And then he listens. Beginning with a name breaks down the anonymity so common today and allows us to move towards further discussion and story telling. So, as Abundant Community has blogged and challenged, I’ll throw it out there as well: Do you know the names of your neighbors? Can you draw your street (a box for every house) and then write the names of those who live there? (Source: Creation/Community/Commission )]]>