The Ultimate Neighbor

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Do you know how to be a good neighbor and to love people everywhere? Discover and apply the profound wisdom from Presbyterian minister and television personality, Mister Rogers.

I recently watched a documentary on Mister Rogers. While I always thought he was super-cool, I don’t think I fully understood how much wisdom he had and what a godly man he was. As an ordained and degreed minister, he decided early on that his congregation was all the children in the world. Here are just a few of his profound quotes …

“The only thing evil can’t stand is forgiveness.”

“Try your best to make goodness attractive. That’s one of the toughest assignments you’ll ever be given.”

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing—that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time.”

“Little by little, we human beings are confronted with situations that give us more and more clues that we are not perfect. ”

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”

“The kingdom of God is for the brokenhearted.”

“Discovering the truth about ourselves is a lifetime’s work, but it’s worth the effort.”

No wonder it was always a beautiful day in his neighborhood.

So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. —Colossians 3:1-2 MSG

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