Topeka is known for a lot of things like Truckhenge, potatoes, and tornadoes, but if I’m honest, praying for the well-being of the city is an area I need to grow in. If people are praying I imagine they’re praying for a ticket out of the city.
Neighbors see the value of staying. Neighbors move beyond comfort and are determined to live where God puts them even if it means making significant sacrifices. You become known for loving your place and you work and pray for its welfare.
The first shift that has to take place in our lives if we’re going to learn to love the places God puts us concerns how we live in our homes as our homes shift from hideout to hub.
I never imagined that when I preached a message last week based on my struggle to love the places God puts me just what the response would be from the congregation. I learned I’m not alone in my struggle and the feedback I received told me a lot of people I know want to be the best news they can be to their neighbors, but like me, they just didn’t know where to begin.
While there is nothing inherently wrong about preserving the company bottom line I am convinced big box retail closures like Kmart do not serve my community well, and here’s why…
My community can’t handle another vacant building.