One of the good things about living in a rural area is that you don’t have to deal with traffic problems. The pace of life is slower, you can enjoy fresh air, and the people seem much more friendly. On the other hand, you’ve got to drive a long time to go anywhere. One of the differences in being a small town pastor is that you are on the road. This week I have been in Roanoke, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem, all for church related trips. We are 70 to 90 miles away from all of those cities. When people have any major surgery, they typically go to Winston-Salem. When Jennifer and I go on a date, we typically drive to a bigger city to go out and eat. It’s all part of small-town life, but I can honestly say that it’s definitely worth it.