Consider the following story:
Several years ago after a devastating California earthquake, the news camera panned a devastated neighborhood. Houses collapsed horribly in on themselves, downed power lines and people had that utterly shocked look on their faces. The camera happened to spy a woman standing in the rubble of what was once her house where only one ten foot section of an inner wall was left standing. The woman looked at the wall where a single picture hung and she went over to the picture and straightened it out, stepped back and nodded. The reporter dashed over to her and asked her why she even bothered. She said, "I can't do much about all of this, but right now I can clean up this ten-foot section and straighten out this picture."
When others heard about what this woman did, they got provoked. Signs and banners were hung around the neighborhood: Ten Feet at a Time. Everyone had a place to begin their huge task--right where they were. Ten feet at a time. It was an inspiration for the whole neighborhood. She provoked others to keep trying to keep at it when otherwise they may have been overwhelmed by the job.
Focus on what is in front of you.
As we witness the the destruction of American values, Christian morals and the religious foundations of western society, we must begin to think about what must be done to reverse the situation. It can be frustrating to ponder how far we've fallen and how much we've changed in such a short time period. For example, how is it possible that a picture like this is even possible in a formerly Christian nation so quickly??
If we're not careful we can become apathetic, despondent and lose hope for our culture and our nation. Wouldn't it be great if the bible had a strategy for rebuilding a society that has broken down? Oh wait, IT DOES!
We have begun a series of sermons from the book of Nehemiah chronicling the building project to restore a destroyed Jerusalem. If you have a heart to rebuild this great nation, I encourage you listen to the first message, and to join us for these upcoming services.