The Gift

// October 5th, 2010 // Uncategorized

Living in a ski community has its challenges.  One of these challenges is that you never know who your neighbors are going to be when the snow flies as it is a very transient community.  For the past two years we have had renters next to us that have been much less than considerate when it comes to parking, snow removal, noise, garbage, and even friendliness or common courtesy.  Two winters ago it was 12 Argentine college kids living in a space meant for a single family.  They had cars with bald tires, no mufflers, and a truck that lay dead for five months in the driveway – no problem it makes a perfect receptacle for empty beer cans and garbage!  They left the house in desperate need of expensive repairs.  Last winter it was a little better, but largely more of the same.  So this undoubtedly leaves us excited for this year to see what surprise lies ahead as our neighbor has again rented out his house that shares a common wall and driveway with ours.

Just yesterday we met Teruro, one of our new neighbors.  He seemed friendly enough, though being from Osaka Japan he doesn’t speak much English.  He had rung the doorbell and upon seeing my little girls became animated and full of energy.  I began to wonder.  I offered to help him unload his car to which he replied “no problem.”  Minutes later as I settled in back to work I heard the doorbell chime again.  My first thought was “Teruro is going to be a handful.”  I went upstairs thinking I might be in for a long night only to find Teruro at the door with a gift for us.  Gotcha!  I had been caught with a stinky attitude.  Galatians 6:9 says “let us not become weary in doing good…as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people…” funny how Teruro caught me off guard just as I was getting ready to share on this exact verse.  The true gift was to help me adjust my attitude.

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