PERSISTENCE: The Ultimate Gauge of Leadership


When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.
Nehemiah 4:15

Came across this as I was doing some reading this AM…along with some comments from John Maxwell….Could not find it more true…and, as always–something I NEEDED to read this AM

It is indeed true–one of the great tests of leadership is how one handles opposition. Nehemiah faced the usual tactics of opposition: ridicule, resistance, and rumor. He modeled the right response to all three of these challenges by:

Relying in God
Respecting the opposition
Reinforcing his weak points
Reassuring the people
Refusing to quit
Renewing the people’s strength continually

Nehemiah had to deal with problems from without– ridicule, resistance, and rumor–and within–disputes about food, property, and taxes.

Persistence is the ultimate gauge of our leadership: the secret is to outlast our critics. Nehemiah taught us this lesson by staying committed to his ultimate calling…

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