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Love where you live.
Nehemiah’s completion of the wall around Jerusalem meant people could come back and live in the city. Casting lots is a way to discern God’s will. Some people moved back; others didn’t. God is intentional about where He places us. Part of our purpose is because of our location.
In eighth grade, my history teacher was Mr. Stamler. One assignment impacted my life more than any other during my public school years. We traced our family history. My family came from Ireland, through Staten Island, and settled in Pennsylvania. I will never forget my teacher’s words when he reviewed my submission.
“You never know where life will take you.”
Mr. Stamler is right. God places us in families and locations so we can fulfill our life mission. Wherever you are is part of your purpose. Who God surrounds you with are the people He wants you to love for Him. Whether in the city or country, we all have friends and family who need God’s love.
Plant seeds of love.
Your garden is your neighborhood—acts of kindness breed love. Taking care of your neighbor’s pet, bringing in the mail, keeping a watchful eye when they are away are opportunities to serve your neighbors. Making a meal for someone who is in one of life’s valleys shares God’s love. One way I plant seeds of love is through prayer, walking through my neighborhood, praying for those who live around me. Wherever you are, God wants you to share His love.
Begin praying today for your neighborhood. Ask God to illuminate ways you can plant seeds of love in your world. No one else can do what you can do. God placed you where you are for a purpose. Spreading God’s love to the world around is a universal commandment. No matter who they are, God loves them. We’re to love them as well.
Love where you live. Share God’s love with your neighbors. Watch as your garden begins to grow.
Lord, thank You for giving us purpose. Forgive us for not noticing the people around us. Help us today; love our neighbors well. Give us a vision of how we can serve them for You. In all things, the glory is Yours. IJNIP. Amen
Question for reflection
Who in your neighborhood can you share God’s love with today?