Friday, March 23, 2007

Status Quo

I live in a town that is perfectly happy to stay just as it is. The problem with that is I don't like it. Now, the town is nice, and relatively safe in terms of crime (the population is only around 21,000) but don't plan on shopping for anything other than ordinary. The only stores around are WalMart, J C Penny's and another department store named Herbergers. There is one local shop downtown and two western wear places, but that's about it. Unless of course, you are under 25, which I am not. There is also no place to buy home decor items, except the for mentioned stores. So, everyone dresses like everyone else, every one's homes look like everyone else's-if you bother to decorate at all.
The lack of shopping was the first thing I noticed. After that, I began to see that it didn't really bother anyone but me. People here seem to have an attitude of "good enough". They don't go above and beyond, the extra mile. They don't see the need. I guess they figure that since they are literally out in the middle of nowhere, it doesn't matter. These thoughts are pervasive throughout everything. Our church and Pastor have this attitude, so does our school for the most part. We have kept it this way for 80 years, so why change it now? Why do we need to improve ourselves? Our church? Our school?
I am sure that they are all thinking that we are the new people, what do we know? We won't be here forever and they will. We are just a mild irritation, trying to change things and will be gone soon.
But, if no one expects more, no one will achieve more.
I want more. More for my family and more for my children. I want them to expect more for themselves and to be the best they can possibly be. So, I will continue to push for change and continue to question why. Don't settle! Live the fullest life that God has given you and you may just see possibilities that are attainable-if you just try.

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