- on September 9, 2015
Suburban Spirituality: Contemplating Through a Move
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I decided I wanted to write something a little more personal over the next few weeks…something that has been on my heart, raised questions, and has me awake at night…sometimes.
For those of you who don’t know, my wife, baby daughter and I have been living in Dallas since August of 2008. We moved here from Los Angeles, and have been excited about this phase of our journey. But there are lots of adjustments as one would expect.
Where to live? Career changes? New friends? New church? Etc? It all becomes pretty tiresome and weary. My wife and I talked the other day about how we haven’t had much constants in our marriage life. It’s been crazy busy with graduate school early on, new baby, moving, new jobs, etc.
Where to Live in DFW Metroplex?
And now we are in the midst of a new decision. Where to live in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex?
That may not seem like a big deal, but it is. Because where we plant down roots can/will have strong influence about what our life looks like in some way. The friends we make. What my new private practice will look like. Settling down in a church. Whether my wife needs to continue working or not. Spirituality.
The Article That I Keep Thinking About
And as we contemplate this decision I can not but keep hearkening back to an article written by David Goetz for Christianity Today…way back in July of 2003. The article is Suburban Spirituality: “The land of SUVs and soccer leagues tends to weather the soul in peculiar ways, but it doesn’t have to”.
If you have not read this article…you must!
I’m going to be playing off this article for the next few weeks, and focusing on various topics and questions that have been raised for me:
- What does it mean to be a good steward financially?
- What does it mean to be content with where you live?
- How do we faithfully live out where God has placed us?
- What does it mean to be planted in a church community and not shop around?
- What does it mean to not be judgmental towards suburbanites or urbanites?
- What happens in our thinking from being single, to marriage, to having kids, as far as influencing where and how we want to live?
- What can we live modestly/frugally, wherever we live?
- How can we be creative with our finances in helping support others?
I have other questions, but let me just stop there for now. These questions will in fact take on new life and new forms as I write, but I just wanted to give you some food for thought. And I’m lining up some guest bloggers who have written passionately on some of these things.
There are many factors and life experiences that have shaped me into who I am, and as I wrestle through this move, my desire is that I continually strive to be more faithful to who God desires me to be and how he wants me to live.