Do you only have one tool in your hand, or are you multiclassing?
Years ago I read Nehemiah: Builder of Walls, Leader of Men, a book jam-packed with leadership principles from this master executive in the Bible. I am not sure if this blog post idea came from here or somewhere else but want to give credit where it is due. As some of you may know, Nehemiah was a Jew, living in the time of the Persian empire, instrumental in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.
When threats escalate, Nehemiah has his builders keep to the work, trowel in hand. But they gird themselves with swords. A trumpeter, also, is on hand, so that any portion of the wall under attack may be reinforced. In less than two months, the walls of Jerusalem are complete and the city’s identity, legitimacy, and sovereignty are restored.
There are many things that could have gone wrong.
- Give up the work. Let fear drive you from your post.
- Use your sword, but also get no work done. We call this fighting fires… for those who aren’t firefighters.
- Do the work, eyes wide open, but alone. Without the trumpet, how can you call for help?
Everyone has to keep both eyes open.
Entrepreneurs, casting vision and driving cashflow to meet payroll. Independent authors, writing books and establishing their brand through marketing, publishing, and a whole host of other activities. Those in career, working in a job (what you think you do) and on a job (continuing education, career planning, salary negotiation, etc). Add family and civic duties and the responsibilities explode.
I will not even start with pastors, missionaries, public persons, celebrities, or political leaders.
My concern here is for a queen. An informed citizen of the world. She has her particular gift that she contributes. Perhaps this is in the workforce, or at home, as a student, or as her children’s guide and counselor. But whatever this may be, it cannot take all her attention.
Are you aware of those that would steal the fruit of your work? Sabotage its creation? Some things you must stand up against. But do not stand alone. Whose trumpet to you open your ear to? Whose trumpet announces your peril?
Work the trowel and create. Gird up your sword and watch. But listen for the trumpet.
We are not alone.