There are some things I miss about my adopted hometown. Immediate access to real Tex-Mex and good seafood come to mind.
I don't miss the heat. At all. I actually thought Nashville was reaching Houston levels of heat and humidity this summer; it's the worst summer I remember in my 12 years in Middle Tennessee. Then I came to visit Houston again. Nope. This heat and humidity is unreal. It's gross. It's ridiculous. I don't miss this at all.
Another thing I don't miss -- and I always forget about this -- is how fixated on size Houstonians seem to be. I've been here 4 days and have had countless conversations already with people where the size of churches has been the topic. Yes, I see your churches. They are big. Congratulations.
This is how way too many Christians measure success here. How big is it?
It's not even this bad in Nashville, where the megachurch reigns too. They like churches big and product-providing in Tennessee, but they aren't just so out there about it. It comes up in nearly every conversation I've had here in Houston. Is it a Texas thing?
And this isn't about how many are in my church back home. Nobody has asked me that. They just keep asking about other churches here, churches of friends. They're talking about their own churches. They're referencing churches around town. And it's all about size.
If you're in a small (or smaller) church here, you're cute. It's neat or nice that you do church. You're "hanging in there," as if running 150 means you're on the verge of death. (eyeroll)
Anybody in/from Houston have some kind of insight on why this is?