Love Where You Live

Maybe you believe that you live where you live because it’s what you could afford, it was convenient for your commute or the property taxes are lower than that other neighborhood you really liked. We want to propose another reason why you live where you live.

What if it’s not circumstantial at all? What if there was some divine orchestration?

From one man he made all the people of the world. Now they live all over the earth. He decided exactly when they should live. And he decided exactly where they should live. God did this so that people would seek him. And perhaps they would reach out for him and find him. They would find him even though he is not far from any of us. Acts 17:26-27 NIRV

Your life was dropped on the planet for a specific time in history and where you live is not an accident.

Let that soak in for a while.
Does it change how you feel about your neighbors or your city or the Austin metroplex?

Shoreline is teaming up with churches all over Austin encouraging people to Love Where You Live. It’s not just about loving our fine city; it’s about loving – right there – in the geographical locations of your life.

Love your neighbors.
Love your co-workers.
Love your fellow team sport parents.
Love the people you find wherever your life journey takes you.

Jesus commissioned his followers – which includes you and me – to love.

I give you a new command. Love one another. You must love one another, just as I have loved you.” John 13:34 NIRV

Go ahead and cultivate feelings of compassion and love for the world in general but then love ONE.
Just one.
Then…love another.
Love one, and then love another.

Love takes time.
Slow down and look around you.
See the people walking their dog. Notice the kids on their bicycles. Have a conversation with the fans in the stands.

The greatest casualty of a hurried life is the diminished capacity to love. So clear some space in your schedule and open your heart to interruptions.

Create some margin in your life to love where you live.

Partner with us this week as we pray for The City: Pray that the Lord would increase your burden for our city. Pray that your love for Jesus would produce a desire to see others saved and growing in their understanding of who God is, what he has done and what he is doing here in Austin.