Waco has a pretty unfortunate reputation. Google Image “Waco” and see what comes up. Go ahead and do it right now just for grins.
The first image is none other than the Branch Davidian siege. Yep, we are known for the crazies. My junior year of college I went on a trip to Europe for New Years. My roommate and I put on our big girl pants and decided to take on an adventure of a lifetime. When people asked where we were from, we would say Waco. The common response? Oh, that’s where the David Koresh thing happened. That is how most Germans know our city. Cool…
I haven’t always loved Waco. My freshman year at Baylor, I couldn’t wait to leave. But, as the years went by, the city began growing on me. I began to actively involve myself in the community and the city won me over.
I’ve been asked if I am called to Waco. My response? Today I am.
I want to live my life in the present. That doesn’t mean that I don’t learn from the past or dream for the future. That just means that I want to embrace what God has given me here and now.
I do love this city. That doesn’t mean that I will be here forever…who knows where God will call me next. But I am here for now, and I plan on investing in my city while I am here.
I’d like to challenge you to do the same. Wherever you call home, make it YOUR home.
P.S. This was taken on the European adventure I referenced. Don’t judge me for wearing Uggs. It was cold…