Thank you so much for the response to my last post. I really (and I do mean, really) appreciate all the encouragement and the stories I heard as a result. It sounds like God has really been working in a lot of our hearts in this area recently.
When I was re-reading the post I wanted to clarify something. For a long time, I rebelled against the idea of enjoying my town. However, realizing (and living like) my home is in heaven, has freed me up to love my town much, much more than I realized was possible.
I said “Hannibal has always seemed just like a transition town. Sure, I had friends and a church, and a house, but never really felt that “at home” feeling.” Ah! It sounds like seriously don’t enjoy being in Hannibal.
My friends, this is simply not true. I love this town; I love my friends ; I love my church; I love my house; I love my Walmart… I’ve given seven years to Hannibal, and I don’t want them back. They have been wonderful years!
Now that the pressure is off Hannibal (or any future mission field) to be perfect, I can enjoy it much more. Just in the last couple of weeks, I have realized what a huge blessing this town has been to us. I think this is probably how it’s supposed to be. My real home is in heaven, so obviously I’m going to be more content here when I stop expecting it to be heaven.
I’m really thankful for this truth because even if this isn’t where I belong, it is where I live.