Risk Vs. Reward Vol. 2

Wow, thank you guys so much for all your responses to the last blog. So much honesty and so much wisdom. I really do appreciate it. Not just the encouragement but even just how you approached it. I was moved by how much you shared.

I also noticed the strength of our responses to a difficult subject, really a risk vs. reward subject. A topic where both sides of the argument have really strong points and I wouldn’t blame you for having either opinion. Nonetheless, many times we have very passionate opinions about these very topics. So, I thought we might do a series of blogs where we dig into some of these tough issues. We won’t do them all in a row. That would be pretty heavy, and plus I already have some fun stuff lined up. But I am really interested in where these conversations might go. So we’ll start another one today.

This issue hits really close to home for me. I’ve really struggled with it. What do you guys think about moving into a poor neighborhood in your city? The rewards are strong. True relationships with people you might not otherwise cross paths with. Honest missional living. A chance for the gospel to be advanced both in word and deed. But the risk is huge as well. Nothing less than the physical safety of your family.

I’m not worried about what people might think of me for living on the wrong side of the tracks. But I am very concerned about the wellbeing of my family. When I’m out of town, I want to feel secure that my wife is safe at home. I don’t want the kids to grow up in a dangerous neighborhood. And usually the schools in our poorest neighborhoods are our worst schools. I want my kids to have the best.

So what are your thoughts about moving into a poor part of town? Are you one of those people who have made that choice? I have quite a few friends here in Austin who have. Maybe you will share some of your story with us, and maybe your thought process as you made that decision. Again, this is an issue where I think a lot of wise people will end up on each side. I don’t think there is an across the board right answer. I believe God has chosen each of us to follow the path He lays out for us. But I’d love to hear your thoughts, your fears, your successes.