Love your neighbor, the Bible says. And I used to think that meant the guy next door.
I grew up in a small Iowa farming community where you were on a first-name basis with all your neighbors — and their parents and second-cousins and pet chickens.
I didn’t know how to care intimately for someone halfway around the world, or even in the next town. But then we all got IP addresses and modems. Suddenly, the world shrunk, and our country roads and big-city freeways merged on an Information Superhighway.
And out on that road, I found real neighbors. I found them on a farm in Canada and a campus mailroom in Virginia and an insurance-claims office in South Dakota.
I met a Simple Country Girl, a BibleDude, and a Real Live Preacher . I found friendship with poets, and photographers, and people who prayed for me when I’d been hurt, even though we’d never met in person.
Two years ago, I didn’t think real community could exist out here on the Information Superhighway. Today, many of you who stop here have become as close as the friends I see just down my country lane.
And today, I’m honored to tell you that I have been offered a cool opportunity to be a part of an organization that has done a fabulous job at building real community on the World Wide Web. I will serve as a Contributing Editor for Family blogs on the High Calling Blogs network.
That means you might see me around the Network at your blogs. You’ll find me featuring some of my favorite Network links over on the side-rail at Getting Down with Jesus, (under the category of Soul Food.) And you might find me connecting with some of you on Facebook and Twitter.
HighCallingBlogs.com is a place where Christians can safely ask the difficult questions about their work, their faith, or both. And it’s a place where we can find true community among people with shared values.
If you are a blogger, I encourage you to head on over to HighCallingBlogs.com.
And to you, my dear email subscribers who quietly journey with me three days each week, I encourage you to click on any of the above links to meet some of my new “neighbors.” Or click on the badge below to make your way to the High Calling Blogs site.
May your experience real community in Jesus …
PHOTO: Lamb’s ear at my front door.