In her study on Nehemiah, Kelly Minter says, “Our life experiences and gifts will naturally cause us to care more deeply about some things than others.” What are one or two things you care about more deeply than some of those around you? I identified mine quite easily: women and military families.
Born into a military family, then married to a military man, the military runs deep in my heart. I hate war, but I stand beside our warriors and support just causes. Do I like that we lost soldiers in Iraq? No. Do I believe the Iraqi people are worth fighting for? Absolutely. Do I understand that my experiences and beliefs put me in the unique position to minister to military families? Yep.
I could say the same thing about women. I’ve been lied to by the enemy of my soul. I’ve believed his deceit and allowed him to oppress me. I understand the fear and hopelessness that comes. Again, my experience combined with my determination to cast him and his lies completely out of my heart places me in a position to minister to women.
I could also talk about other groups or topics that are close to my heart. Homeschooling. Parenting. Marriage. These are all areas that touch my daily life and I could offer encouragement or share where I’ve been. But at the core of my heart, I want to touch the lives of women and military families. If I can make a difference anywhere outside of my home, I want one woman or one military family to say I provided the encouragement to seek Truth within their own hearts.
Perhaps your heart seeks after others: the homeless, the abused, the neglected. That’s good! God designed us each different for a reason. What do you care deeply about?