An Example from Nehemiah
So I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”Nehemiah 6:3
In the book of Nehemiah we encounter a powerful passage of Scripture that resonates with the challenges we face in our own lives. Nehemiah, a cupbearer to the king, had a burning desire to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. He had unwavering focus, conviction, and ability to overcome distractions in order to fulfill his mission. Through his example, we can glean valuable insights on how to navigate our own work and stay focused on the tasks that matter.
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The Power of Clear Purpose
Nehemiah’s resolve was rooted in a clear sense of purpose. He recognized the great work that lay before him and understood the importance of not deviating from it. Despite the naysayers and distractions that beckoned him to come down from the walls, Nehemiah steadfastly proclaimed, “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down” (Nehemiah 6:3). This mindset propelled him forward and enabled him to prioritize his mission above all else.
Guarding Against Distractions
In today’s digital age, distractions abound, vying for our attention and diverting us from the work at hand. Nehemiah’s unwavering focus serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of succumbing to such distractions. As he diligently worked to rebuild the walls, he didn’t allow the criticisms or enticing invitations to deter him. Similarly, we must identify and address the distractions that hinder our progress, whether it be the allure of social media, excessive phone usage, or other time-consuming habits. By consciously guarding against these distractions, we can make the most of our time and efforts.
Assess, Strategize, Execute
Nehemiah’s approach to accomplishing his mission provides a blueprint for effective work. He began by assessing the situation, understanding the magnitude of the task before him. This evaluation allowed him to strategize and formulate a plan. Nehemiah’s strategic thinking was complemented by his commitment to execution. He didn’t merely conceptualize the work; he rolled up his sleeves and actively pursued the completion of the project. By following a similar process of assessment, strategy, and execution, we can enhance our productivity and overcome obstacles that may arise.
Ignoring the Noise
Nehemiah’s unwavering focus was not solely directed towards his work; he also disregarded the noise surrounding him. He didn’t allow himself to be swayed by the highs or lows, the praise or criticism. Instead, he remained steadfast in his commitment to God’s call. In our own lives, we are often bombarded with opinions, distractions, and external pressures that can sway us from our path. Nehemiah teaches us the importance of filtering out the noise, staying true to our convictions, and remaining dedicated to the work entrusted to us.
Nehemiah’s example of focus and conviction serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of staying committed to the work God has called us to do. Just as Nehemiah resisted the distractions and maintained his unwavering focus, we too can unleash the lion within us by prioritizing our purpose, guarding against distractions, following a strategic approach, and ignoring the noise that seeks to derail us. Let us learn from Nehemiah’s legacy and make the most of every minute, savoring each opportunity to fulfill our divine calling while we each unleash the Lion Within!