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6.1 Devotion. Leader Discouragement – Reviewing Nehemiah’s Strategies

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Nehemiah found that rebuilding the Jerusalem wall was far more difficult and complicated than he expected or imagined. More than the hard labor required, the pervasive discouragement greatly hampered the project. However, Nehemiah did not allow all of that discouragement to undermine the original goal! He exhibited good leadership skills and faced the challenges with resilience (Swindoll, 2006). You can read more about this by finishing the remainder of 
Nehemiah Chapter 4(new tab)


The chart below outlines the five strategies that Nehemiah used to deal with the widespread discouragement among the wall builders. He used these strategies to refocus the attention of the people away from the sources of their fear, anxiety and discouragement and toward the goal that God had called them to complete. What obstacles do you face that are preventing you from accomplishing your goals? One strategy in the chart below is to “direct attention to the Lord.” How do we do that? Quite simply, we call to mind the things that the Lord has said (Swindoll, 2006). Here are a couple of examples:

Isaiah 26:3-4(new tab)

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Philippians 4:6-7(new tab)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be able to:

· Integrate biblical perspectives for promoting holistic well-being in organizational members.

· Background Information


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) that builds and outlines strategies that will serve you well in dealing with discouragement. Incorporate Scripture verses or passages of your choosing that support the strategies that you have chosen.

4. Reflection papers are to be written in accordance with 
APA Guidelines (7th ed.)(new tab)

 including format guidelines. Papers must be logical, well organized, grammatically correct, and have correct spelling and sentence structure.  Write in complete paragraphs. 

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