Thursday, February 20, 2014

Build your section...

A lot of us want to achieve great things...and it's very good to have great ambitions however, as they say, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step*...in the right direction and you can only progress when you start then continue to put one foot in front of the other.

That single step is what I'd liken to the Nehemiah 3 principle. Nehemiah had a rather great ambition, he wanted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem but he couldn't do it all at once/alone.

So he shared the vision/ambition with others - people he felt he needed to accomplish it:
I also told them how God had been kind to [the gracious hand of God had been on] me and what the king had said to me. Then they answered, “Let’s start rebuilding.” So they began to work hard [strengthened their hands for this good work]. (Nehemiah 2: 18 - Expanded Bible)

So what did he/they do? They started...and worked next to each other. As each person focused and built their own section, they were able to say in Nehemiah 4: 6 - 
So we rebuilt [and connected/joined together]the wall to half its height, because the people were willing to [enthusiastic in their; had a heart to] work.**

This year, whether you want to accomplish something by yourself or in consonance with others, the first thing to do is have a clear vision and communicate it with others you may need then focus and "build your section." Building your section also involves investing and developing yourself so you are equipped to successfully build your section. If you find that people are trying to distract or discourage you (as could happen), take a cue from Neh 4:9 - "...we prayed to our God and appointed guards to watch for [against] them day and night."** 

Please apply this same "build your section" principle if or when you are invited to support (help) someone else accomplish their own vision knowing that sometimes, the person(s) may just need you to "build your section" by being there to watch and pray for them.

References:
* Lao Tzu
** Expanded Bible

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