Small Town Living


Featured band in video: Boundary Line

  • Two vehicles pass side by side and automatically wave at one another.
  • 5 minute trip to Wal-Mart turns into two hours, especially after church
  • Small get together turns into a town celebration
  • Everyone’s kin
  • A Day of hauling hay or cutting tobacco is a day of community gatherings
  • Neighbors are like family. Go next door and get some milk.

I could go on. Because I love that life. It’s different. The beauty of it is people know you. The problem with it is people know you. In the video above, the name of the song is “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive.” Maybe you’ve heard of it. Brad Paisley made it popular but it was originally written by Darrell Scott.

Right now I’m writing a book called When Dogs Howl and it’s all about the country life. I’m at peace when I’m in the country. It’s so relaxing. It’s almost like the country calls my name. So I really enjoy when I get to sit down and write a little in it. Being in the city where there is literally no respect for your neighbor, traffic is immeasurably painful, people don’t care for others and life is running 1,000 miles an hour, life can be demanding and highly stressful. And this is a town where most people call small at 130,000 people. I come from a town of 13,000 and my wife comes from a town of 300.

Small town life. It’s worth it. It takes life, slows it down and allows you to enjoy the air you breath and the people you love and the God you worship. One day, small town, we will meet again. Then, I will never leave small town alive!

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About Kevin Riner
child of grace, worshiper of Jesus, husband, father, Pastor of Village Church, author of Faith Debugged

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