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SMALL TOWN LIVING

October 28, 2009 4 comments

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how blessed I am to be living in Henderson. When Heather and I decided to move here a few years ago, the potential benefits of living in a small college town were a large part of our decision. While we knew that in leaving Memphis we’d be giving up some entertainment, dining, and shopping options, we were convinced we’d be gaining a lot more. That has proven true, and these days it seems like I’m continually thinking about all the reasons I love living in Henderson.

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Here are a few of the blessings of living where I live:

  1. NO TRAFFIC JAMS (unless you get behind a tractor) OR RUSH HOURS (except for Jack’s drive through from 8-10 am on Saturday mornings).
  2. PERSONAL, FRIENDLY SERVICE. Rarely am I treated like a stranger when I take my car to a mechanic, eat at a restaurant, enter a doctor’s office, or buy a vehicle from a local car dealership.
  3. CONVENIENCE. I can walk from my office or house to downtown Henderson and eat, get my hair cut (before my barber left town, that is), mail letters at the post office, renew my car registration at the court house, and take care of any other city business in less than an hour without driving all over creation and waiting in long lines.
  4. UNIVERSITY LIBRARY. If I need a few commentaries for a lesson I’m preaching, I simply drive (I was contemplating using an ambigous word like “run” but decided to just admit my laziness) across the street and get what I need at Freed-Hardeman’s library.
  5. QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I don’t feel like I have to send my children to a private Christian school for them to receive a quality education from godly teachers.
  6. OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMPUS. With Freed-Hardeman University across the street, there are plenty of opportunities to watch sporting events, attend concerts and other performances, hear dignitaries and celebrities speak, and enjoy theatrical productions.
  7. BELOW AVERAGE COST OF LIVING. Land can be bought for a few thousand dollars an acre. Housing prices are very reasonable. Taxes aren’t too bad.

What’s the point of this post? Mainly I just wanted to acknowledge these blessings. It’s healthy to reflect on the blessings in our lives–even the benefits of living wherever we happen to live.

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