Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Death by Suburbia???

I have isolated a problem. I have a bad attitude. Is there such a thing as "Death by Subrbia"? What is your initial reaction to a title such as that?

This is the topic of our Sunday School class. We are reading a book with this title and from the minute I heard it...it has rubbed me the wrong way. Hopefully I am alone in this...hopefully my background and the filter with which I view the world, life and my relationship with God makes me singular in my contempt.

Suburbia is by definition = a residential area outside the city center.

Culturally I guess we all have a picture in our mind when we think of the suburbs... Starbucks, Suv's, Cute houses, kids running in the streets, book clubs, yard sales.... Sounds like a scary place to me!

Trying to keep an open mind...I began reading the book. I figured if I was going to have an opinion...it should at least be an educated one. I got to page two and closed it...I just can't bring myself to do it... Every barb at suburban life was like a knife in my heart.

Maybe the reason is this. I love the suburbs. It is safe.... It is what I have prayed for, put myself through college for, moved 2000 miles for... I see the suburbs as an answer to prayer and a gift from God. Finally I have my own yard, finally I have my own cute little house, it will be my kids soon running through the sprinklers.

Does this make me less dependant on God? I guess maybe it could...if my heart was not so full of gratitude for what He has done in my life.


Francie said...

What's the ETA on the kids in sprinklers thing? ;)

Mary Zolene said...

Haha...not sure yet! Maybe when there is a little Francie available to join in the fun...