Read Nehemiah 3
Focus on verses 8 -10
How does a group of people accomplish an overwhelming task? If each one does a little, a lot can be accomplished. The most common phrase in this chapter consists of the words “next to him” or “next to them”. It brings to mind a picture of hundreds of people working side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder, each one working on what lay directly in front of him or her. Not surprisingly, the repair work on the walls moved along with amazing efficiency when each person focused on doing that which lay in front of them.
Too often when we are faced with a project of epic proportions, we allow ourselves to become overwhelmed with the massive amount of effort that we know will be required to complete it. If we focus on the whole project it sometimes discourages us to the point where give up before we start. Nehemiah apparently was able to encourage the people to each take on a portion of the project that seemed manageable to them. By doing so the whole project began to come together with amazing efficiency.
I don’t know about you, but I always find it easier to take on a big project if I know that I have some company to work alongside. While there is the odd project that I prefer to work on in solitude, there is something about working together in company with other like-minded people that seems to make everyone involved work with greater enthusiasm and efficiency.