3.1 Devotion: Leader Discouragement – A Loss of Vision
This week, we will pick up where we left off with last week’s devotion. You will recall that we read in Nehemiah 4:10(new tab) that “…the people of Judah said, ‘The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall’” (Swindoll, 2006, p. 83). We considered the loss of strength in this verse last week, but there is more from this verse that provides insight. Notice the latter part of the sentence: “there is so much rubble that we cannot build the wall.” Swindoll (2006) tells us that the Hebrew word rubble used in this verse means “dry earth, debris.” The workers not only were exhausted, but everywhere they looked, they saw dirt, stones, mortar, and pile of debris. Have you ever moved from one home to another, only to discover that even when you ran out of strength, you still found yourself surrounded by lots of boxes and other “stuff”…especially stuff you didn’t know where to put or what to do with? Feeling overwhelmed in such circumstances often occurs when we are tired and discouraged. We simply cannot see or imagine what things will look like after all the clutter has been removed. By the same token, the people of Judah had lost the vision of what could be. And that only exacerbated their discouragement.
Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:
· Integrate biblical perspectives for promoting holistic well-being in organizational members.
1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
2. Review the information in the Getting Started section.
3. Write a half to one-page reflection paper (Word document) about a time when you experienced discouragement because you simply couldn’t see how a difficult situation could ever be resolved. How did you feel in the moment? How did you move past your circumstances in ways that helped you envision the end goal? Incorporate two Scripture verses or passages of your choosing that speak to how we are to deal with discouragement and/or a lack of vision for what God intends.
4. Reflection papers are to be written in accordance with APA Guidelines (7th ed.)