The Urgency of Loving Your City

I have moved around a lot and have honestly loved every place we’ve moved. Now, moving is a strange thing. Because you basically start all over. You know nobody and no one knows you. It’s both beautiful and terrible at the same time.

This last move has been so different though. I moved from a bigger city to a small town. I moved from a college town with huge schools and many options to a town with one high school and about three places to eat.

And I LOVE it. I have never loved a city so much. I have learned about fellowship and community and have so many great memories here.

It took awhile to get to this place. At first, I hated not being able to just go get Chick-fil-A whenever I wanted. I missed my friends (and I still do). I missed my school and my church and all of the good things I would miss out on.

I, so desperately, wanted to just stay home with the only people who knew me (my family) and just wallow in my depression. Moving is hard.

But I had to make the decision to like it here, I had to get up, I had to get involved, and I’m so glad I did.

The moment I started getting intentional with this city and starting seeing these relationships as ones that will last a lifetime and not ones that will just fill a blank space until I moved back to my real home, that’s when I started to love this place with all of who I am.

I’m telling you guys all of this because I need to get a point across. God places people in cities for a reason. It’s not a coincidence that you’re in the city you are in. You work where you work for a reason.

The cities we are in are not here to please us and make our lives easy peasy… We are in those cities to love the people and make their lives easier.

We can’t take this lightly. I’m thankful that the Lord has given me an urgency with this. Because I don’t know how much time I have left in this city. College is coming faster each day and I will eventually be forced to leave (which will be good because I’ll go to another city and love all of the evil out of it).

So I’m living life with a ticking clock, we all are. The time you have in your city is limited… so love it up!

Take the time to pray for your city and to pray for change in the hearts of the people around you (including yourself because we all can use some serious heart change).

I’ll be doing the exact same thing for my city.

XOXO, The Christian Prepster   

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