“So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.” Nehemiah 4:6 (NIV)
Sometime back I made a phone call that I had been dreading to make. It was to someone too important for me to even attempt calling.
I had their number from a friend. But I was so afraid to make that call. For one reason: They would not answer an unknown number. And two, once they knew who I was, Amon Munyaneza – a nobody, they would give me a polite “thanks for calling” and hang up.
You can imagine my surprise when that “hello” came from the other line and we ended up talking for an hour. And I got what I needed from them- bigger than I expected.
What’s that little voice in our head that always stops us from trying because we believe we will fail?
We are prisoners of our own beliefs- beliefs implanted on us by the people we love. The people we trust who tell us we can’t do it, we can’t make it, we don’t have what it takes.
Do me a favor and read Nehemiah chapter 4 from the Bible. Nehemiah was a man on a mission to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem after it had been ruined.
Then some two guys called Sanballat and Tobiah started ridiculing Nehemiah and his men saying, What are those feeble Jews doing? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble?
What they are building? Even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!
Did Nehemiah get discouraged? No! In verse 6 he says, “So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.”
Nehemiah ignored the negative voices and just kept going. You need to get to that point. That place where you ignore negative people, negative voices, the little voice in your own head that says, “you can’t do it”.
That little negative voice in your head has cost you too many opportunities because you are afraid to fail.
Negative thinking is a stumbling block to success. It’s time to be courageous like Nehemiah and put aside all negativity and trust in the LORD.
By Amon Munyaneza.