"So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work."
This is cool. You go through the first three chapters of Nehemiah, and you see how this one man made a difference and was inspired by God to do something important. And that it wasn't just him, but so many other people joined in with him, working toward the same goal. It reminds me of how in the more recent history of the church, the people kept building temples, even though people would burn them down or chase them out of their homes and away from those sacred places. I think this is indicative of a Zion people... people who are determined to do God's work, and build up what he has given them, no matter how many times they are thwarted in their attempts... they keep doing the right things, and building back up. Not just in these physical manifestations of God's will either... but in ourselves. When we are beaten down physically or spiritually, God asks us to stand back up, and keep going: keep trying to build ourselves into the perfect people that we can be, if we don't give up. Today, let's try to emulate this scripture... let's have a mind to work, and keep building up, no matter how many times we have been knocked down. :)