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Read: Nehemiah 11

Some are called to stay. Some are called to go.

This was true then. And it’s just as true now.

The city of Jerusalem had been rebuilt. The temple was finished. The walls around the city were finished. And yet, the city sat relatively empty. So the people cast lots. One out of every ten people would need to settle in the city.

Because the majority of the people preferred to settle in the suburbs.

It’s funny to think of it that way. But the villages and towns surrounding Jerusalem were just that — the burbs. And that’s where the people wanted to live.

It’s okay to live in the suburbs too. Some of us are called to the mission field overseas. And some of us are called the mission field right in the neighborhood where we live.

Wherever we live, we are called to live in such a way that brings glory to God’s name.

That’s what matters.


In a journal or notebook, write Nehemiah 11:20.

“The rest of Israel, the priests, and the Levites were in all the villages of Judah, each on his own inherited property.”

Or write any passage from today’s reading that stands out to you.


Thank you, Lord, that you have called some of us to live in the city, some of us to live in the country, and some of us to live overseas. What matters most is that we bring glory to you in the way we live each day. Help me to do that in my everyday choices — in my thoughts, words, and deeds. May I live in such a way that you are pleased in all I do and say. In your name I pray, amen.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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