Leading The Way - A Call To Action
Nehemiah 2:9 NIV
So I went to the governors of Trans-Euphrates and gave them the king's letters. The king had also sent army officers and cavalry with me.
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 1.
Nehemiah 2:10 NIV
When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 2.
Be prudent with my tongue.
James 3:2 NIV
We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
Nehemiah 2:11-12 NIV
I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
Psalm 141:3 NIV
Set a guard over my mouth, lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 3.
Gather all the details first.
Nehemiah 2:13-16 NIV
By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 4.
Declare reality inclusively.
Nehemiah 2:17-18 NIV
Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace." I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, "Let us start rebuilding." So they began this good work.
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 5.
Expect more opposition!
Nehemiah 2:19-20 NIV
But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. "What is this you are doing?" they asked. "Are you rebelling against the king?" I answered them by saying, "The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it."
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 6.
Involve everyone in the solution.
When I am leading change, I will remember to: 7.
Recognize those who participate.
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