As a father and influencer of people I was impacted by today's reading. It is a stark reminder of how important a role I play as a godly leader. When Nehemiah left there was a vacumn of strong leadership and no one to uphold and live out the right way of doing things. So what naturally happens is that people go back to their old ways that were not pleasing to God. As parents and/or people with influence in the lives of others we need to take this role seriously. We must continually live in lead in such a way that helps to keep people focused on what is right.
The other thing I noticed is the importance of reading God's Word. The more we take time to read God's Word the more we are kept on track about what is honoring and pleasing to the Lord we love and want to please. Take time to continue to develop the habit of reading the Word and allowing it to transform the way we live.