Loving the belligerent neighbor

One morning I was thinking about the first line in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: “To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings” (Mary Baker Eddy, p. vii). The thought came to me that, to the degree to which I lean on God, to that same degree my experience is filled with happiness and holiness. 

As a real estate developer, I purchase, renovate, and resell houses. My first stop that day was at a house I had recently purchased, and work inside the house was underway. As I got out of my car, a neighbor came over to greet me. Most neighbors appreciate how we take the ugliest house in the neighborhood and turn it into one of the most beautiful ones, so I was expecting a pleasant encounter. Unfortunately, this man’s attitude was anything but pleasant. He immediately went into a tirade about how the driveway of this house was encroaching on his property.

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