My love for cities is deep. It's right in the core of my soul.
Mountains are beautiful. Oceans are calming. Rolling hills and still lakes refresh my soul.
But I really really really love cities.
I love the hustle and bustle. I love the busy sidewalks and cars everywhere.
I love the constant noise. I love coffee shops on every corner.
I love tall buildings and beautiful parks.
And skylines, oh I love skylines the most.
But why I really love cities, is because I love people.
I thrive in people.
I am an extrovert to the tee. (I once took a super intense personality quiz and the proctor said I had the highest extrovert score she had ever seen. Also the most decisive. The loud and bossy comes out often)
People are food for my soul.
People are where I see God.
"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness"
People are the likeness of God. In them I see his beauty.
I see His mercy in my sweet friend Joanna.
I understand truth and grace through Rhonda.
Through Laura I see how he is teacher.
I see his uniqueness in Marietta.
I see his boldness in my friends Austin and Nate.
In Kristen I see his peace and stability.
I see Jesus in the people around me.
And more importantly I see the need for Jesus in people around me.
When I look upon my beautiful city, I think about how over 90% of them are "unchurched".
A great majority of neighbors heading for an eternity apart from the God who loves them.
I see a city built on recreation. I see a people settling for marijuana when only Jesus will satisfy them.
I see a highly individualistic society, when I know we were built for community and love.
I see sadness, brokenness, hopelessness.
When I look upon cities I see people. And people need Jesus.
When I look upon my beautiful city, when I see the crowds of people I want to respond like Jesus did:
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd" Matt 9:36
Oh Jesus, come be a shepherd in our city. Come light our dark streets. Jesus we plead that you move in the many hearts, that you would reign here.