Is the place where you dwell increasing or decreasing your quest to live life out loud?
Where we choose to make our homes has an overwhelming effect on our daily living. Our communities are filled with creativity, energy, peace, and connectivity but not every community is for every person. Do you find yourself living in a community that is made for you or are you living in a community where you are questioning your belonging?
Walking the city streets, one might be overwhelmed by the largeness or captivated by the creativity.
Driving through large patches of green, another might find endlessness while her companions chest begins to slow its' pace. Our hearts are all designed to beat but the rhythm is uniquely our own. Finding a dwelling place that brings comfort without hesitation invites security and confidence that you are being who God made you to be.
Whether God made you to be a city or town dweller - only you can answer that question. But, might I challenge you to do so? Because, until we each find the sweet spot where we are to camp, we can't become fully content to live harmoniously within the realms of our communities. Communities are about the very breath, life, and living of the people inside of them and if we are suffocating instead of breathing deep...then what good use are we doing to anyone?
Living Out Loud is about being engaged in community. With your neighbor, the girl next to you on the bus, or the farm boy that wakes before dawn.
Once we begin to live loudly in our communities, we start the chain of impactfulness:
-Your story makes a differenceand spreads to those in need of a happy ending
-Your call to action will encourage followers to follow and dreamers to dream
-Your boldness in declaring that this is the land that you love sparks a fighting spirit of preservation
If you aren't living in a space that you are content to dwell in, have you considered the option of moving? Are you willing to step out in faith - whether it be across the nation, across the sea, or across the street - to live where God is calling you to serve your community?
How lovely is your dwelling place,O LORD Almighty!
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar,
O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. "Selah"
Till next time, let your light shine!