Tuesday, August 2, is “Night to Unite” (formerly “National Night Out”). It’s an annual event that brings neighbors together to get to know each other, talk about their neighborhoods, and connect with members of the community.

In our isolated, media-saturated culture, this event is more important than ever. Most of our neighbors are really nice. . . Well, except that one, right? The rest are amazing! Summer is a wonderful time of year. Don’t just stay at home with the blinds drawn and the air conditioning running. Get out there, bring your best potluck dish, and meet your neighbors. For added measure, take the Holy Spirit with you too.

Jesus said, “Go and make disciples.” Go, not come! Don’t wait for people to come to you. Go to them. They won’t bite, I promise.

My family and I are hosting the Night to Unite event in our neighborhood this year. I can’t wait. We’re blocking off the road, playing games, and expecting some visits from local police and fire departments. Rumor has it, they may even turn on the fire hydrant. We’ll see.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Seriously. Even if you’re an introvert like me. . . you can do this! It’s fun. Ask God to bless your neighbors through you. Who knows? Maybe a spiritual conversation will take place and maybe, just maybe, a relationship will develop and God will change a life. . . all because YOU went to Night to Unite.

Northgate Church is passionate about helping people become who God purposed them to be.