When Nehemiah was given the task of rebuilding the broken down wall of Jerusalem there were several factors that had to be dealt with. In reading this Old Testament account you easily see that the job required evaluating, planning, securing supplies, preparing, executing, and team-work. In the process they also had to deal with internal and external struggles. All of these factors are evident.
One less evident factor was that which required them to quit looking backwards and begin to look forwards. Someone once said that it is okay to glance in your rear-view mirror while going down the road, but fixating on what is behind you will keep you from seeing what is ahead of you!
As we work together to rebuild discipleship and a kingdom mindset at Scotsdale, we must look back only long enough to learn from our past; but we must also keep looking forward to how God wants to use us for His kingdom agenda.