For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
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.
Everyone knows the story of the Prodigal son, right?
It’s pretty common in pop culture – even if you’ve never been to a church, you know this story.