Here we go again with another “Five Minute Friday” post! I had a great time trying it out last week, discovered some new writers, and I think a few new people even read my words! What a great way to share this journey of writing and sharing life. To learn more about “Five Minute Friday” (FMF), check out the linked image here.
This week’s theme is, “Roots”, so without further adieu…5 minutes of uninterrupted, and unedited writing:
“Roots are your home. Don’t Deny. New ideas, are worth a try. In regards, what’s wrong or right? We can do this. Flee or fight. Prides okay, but understand – no true person, is Superman. Your domain – called future tense, your environment – your residence.”
It’s a quote from a song called “Residence” from a band called “Everyday Life” back in the 90’s. A generally grunge-rap-core type band that I listened to when I was upset with the bad stuff in the world. But it planted seeds for paying attention to the location roots were being put down. Attention to the role of a parent to know the environment of their family, and change it if necessary.
So it’s with a bit of pride and thankfulness that I look back on the move we made back in 2005. Far from any family, but wanting to begin having children of our own, we felt like God was calling us to move closer to family. We moved to where my wife is from, and where much of her extended family still lives. We also ended up centrally located to where many of my siblings moved to live as well.
But that’s not all.
I’m a youth pastor, and the trend is toward “short-term” living situations for most of us. We’ve been here almost 7 years, and I still feel like we are only beginning what God has for us here.
Grr….5 minutes is up. So that’s what I wrote. But it’s very true – I feel grateful for all the elements God connected to allow us to put down “roots” that our children can connect to. Not simply “where we live”, either. But the identity of our family in Christ, following His call, especially at these early years.