We live on the street named for the woman who gave Mayberry its name. Her husband was the head of the local railroad effort back in the day so they let her name the town. It’s kind of cool to live on a street with that kind of history.

Our 1958 model house sits on two lots and on a corner, it’s a lot to push mow but I like to mow, there is something therapeutic about it for me.

My neighbor obviously doesn’t like to mow … his house is a lot like our old house on N. Rogers Street, the yard is not very big.

I think a lot about mowing my neighbor’s yard but by the time I’m done (it takes about 2 ½ - 3 hours to mow, edge, run the weed eater and blow) I’m beat and ready to hit the shower, put my feet up and maybe take a nap while watching some golf on television.

What I am saying is it almost kills this old, tired and too often too cynical preacher (I’m not really a preacher I just play one on Sunday mornings).

This sounds legitimate and it’s the reason most of us don’t help our neighbor or do things for other people.

We would love to, we really would but we just don’t have time, we have our own swamps to drain, blah, blah, blah.

Here’s the deal: God’s Word is clear, love God and love people, put God first, put people first … do to others what you would want done for you.

Philippians 2:3 says it very clear, “... in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” So what does God desire from me?

He wants me to rearrange the order of what I do. This is a light bulb moment for us, I mow my neighbor’s yard first, therefore there are no excuses.

Ken, does God really expect this from us?

You better believe it. This is how we live out our faith … this is how we get the job done without false justification or without any excuses.

We put God and others first.

Is it really that simple?

The answer is yes!

And by the way, I did mow my neighbor’s yard.


Ken Ansell serves as a pastor in a small central Texas rural community. He is a local missionary and he fly fishes when he can.