Planting Seeds and Throwing Rocks


Stay
April 14, 2010, 6:52 am
Filed under: Fighting Fear, Fighting Inertia

Statistics reveal that in an average city (Savannah is a small (!) city) 20% of the population moves any given year.  1/5 of the population basically changes.  I’ve talked with elementary teachers in Savannah who say kids move a lot due to eviction.  I grew up very differently – my parents still have the same phone number since I was an infant and only moved once – 1.5 mi down the road.

Someone asked Abba Anthony (Christian leader from the 3rd century), “What must one do in order to please God?” After encouraging the pilgrim to keep God before his eyes and pattern his life after the Scriptures, Anthony added, “In whatever place you find yourself, do not easily leave it.” Another of the desert fathers advised similarly, “If a trial comes upon you in the place where you live, do not leave that place when the trial comes. Wherever you go, you will find that what you are running from is ahead of you.”

There are unavoidable reasons to leave your place or people…but there are also very avoidable ones.  Try to stay. 

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this is something i’ve finally found to be true, but it took God, who brought me here. i used to move every year or two, for many years, sometimes only back to a past place! now, i feel this is where i need to be. i can relax, work and listen. 🙂

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