TOPIC: Time and Estimates
"Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me, 'How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?' It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time" - Nehemiah 2:6.
Nehemiah set a time when he would be finished with the project of rebuilding the walls. He had never been to Jerusalem, did not really know much about building, and had no idea what he was going to find when he got there. How did he know how long it would take? He probably made his best guess, and it satisfied the royal couple. You may be facing a similar situation, but you are hesitant about making a commitment. What should you do? Make your best guess, get to work, and trust the Lord. Where are you holding back because you cannot be as precise as you would like? Where would making your best guess as to the time it will take help you get started? Where can you have faith to get it done in even less time than you estimate?
Lord, Nehemiah made his best guess and it was good enough for the king. What's more, it got him started on his way. Deliver me from my perfectionist tendencies that keep me bound and don't let me get started. Then give me a Nehemiah-sized goal in which I can invest my time and energy once I am free from having to know it all before I get started.