God uses our time on this earth to refine us, and it takes a lot of work, a lot of heat, and a whole lot of patience.
God knows you’re going to get tired; He knows that this world will wear on you, so being the loving Father that He is, He’s written to us, He’s given us instructions on how to deal with that.
Nehemiah is so focused and determined on what he is doing, and so sure that it is the right thing to be doing, that he refuses to be swayed from his task.
We must be owned by something.
It doesn’t matter if it’s work, or family, a car, or the dog. Maybe it’s your house, or even your cell phone.
There is absolutely something to be said for remembering the old, we are to reflect on the good things that God has done, and praise His name for salvation, deliverance, grace and mercy.