There once lived a man named Nehemiah. He built a wall of Biblical proportions. In fact, you can read about it in the Bible in the book that bears his name. In 52 days, Nehemiah built a massive wall to protect Jerusalem against enemy attack.
But he built more than a wall. Nehemiah built the nation’s self-esteem, beauty, and pride. But at every step, he faced opposition. And from his experience, we learn two valuable truths that apply only to people who try to do something bigger than themselves.
First, we learn to expect opposition. The only person who faces no opposition is the person sitting still. Expect criticism, but don’t take it personally. Remember, you will be criticized for doing anything, so make sure you are doing the right thing.
The second truth is that you must keep on track. Keep working as though it all depends on you. And keep praying as though it all depends on God. Don’t give up, and don’t get discouraged.
Jerry Falwell was right when he said, “You can define the greatness of a man by what it takes to discourage him.”