Again and again we have been telling the story of our move. Central Austin. New house. New business. Planting a church. How God has surpassingly continued to meet us in each circumstance. And again and again I have people lament for me the fact that we are moving to a small(er) house.
Sometimes I just bite my tongue and change the subject. And other times I wax poetic about the virtues of living with less, smaller environmental footprint, less to clean, the character and charm of older homes, the proximity to my job/downtown/yummy food and how I just love small homes.
But most of the time I mourn that the focus of our society is bigger is better. Why oh why would I want to live in a smaller home if I could take that same money, move out to the suburbs and have a brand spanking new house that has 5 rooms and 4 bathrooms and two play areas? I don’t need more space. We wouldn’t need more space even if we had a bigger family.
I don’t buy into the ‘American Dream’. Bigger is not better – in fact it may be worse because it can distract us from the true meaningful task at hand – loving like Jesus loved. More (whether it’s ‘bigger’ or just ‘things’) can shackle us to the cares of this world so that we are distracted – unable to love the way we are called.
The truth is we value the mission that we have been placed on, this story that we are creating much more than a large house. We believe that living in central Austin in a smaller home is going to impact eternity through the people we will meet and live life among. None of it feels like a sacrifice to me.