On Distractions

I am reminded of Nehemiah where he and his men were building the wall and labored with a sword in one hand and trowel in the other. Their critics gathered around and tried to coax them down off their ladders for years of debate and fighting. But he told his men to remain atop their ladders and keep working and to only fight if someone came up the ladder and got in the way of their work. We need to do likewise…

I would just compel us all to stay on our ladders and not waste time coming down to fight legitimate but lesser battles… What I’m finding is that if I stay on my mission, eventually a platform gets big enough that you kind of just have permission to do your thing and others respect you even if they don’t like you.

Mark Driscoll, Mars Hill Church