We can get people on the right track but we all need constant encouragement, guidance, discernment and wisdom.
Reference: v.10 I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites and singers responsible for the service had gone back to their own fields. (NIV Bible)
Explore: "A person's work is never done." There always seems like there is more work to be done. As soon as I have completed all the washing, there is another shirt in the laundry basket. As soon as one sermon is delivered, there is another one to be written. As soon as one item is dealt with, there are three more in the in-tray.
Poor Nehemiah had coordinated the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem, he had set everyone into their rightful positions, and he had set the Israelites back on the right track in their faith. But no sooner does he turn his back that all the old habits reappear.
Application: Leadership is not just about setting things straight. It's continually encouraging people towards a better future. It's a bit like those wind-up cars. You turn the knob and off they go. But soon enough the car gets slower and slower until it stops completely. Then you have to go over to it, pick the car up, turn the knob again and off it goes again. However soon enough, it gets slower and slower… It constantly needs you to wind it up. Leadership of people is the same. We can get people on the right track but we all need constant encouragement, guidance, discernment and wisdom. Leadership is not a one-off occasion. It's a life time task.
Prayer: Lord, as our tasks seem endless we can rejoice in your loving presence which is also endless. Amen.
Is there a task or a person that you may need to revisit?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.