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Posted On 03/16/2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”3957″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_empty_space][vc_custom_heading text=”Session 2
” font_container=”tag:h2|font_size:16|text_align:center|color:%23075400″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_custom_heading text=”What Breaks Your Heart?” font_container=”tag:h2|text_align:center|color:%23075400″ google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:400%20regular%3A400%3Anormal”][vc_empty_space][vc_column_text]It’s easy to get caught up in trying to make ourselves better. To have a better reputation, or looks, or in any other way. But there are better things than creating an improved version of yourself. And when you step back from helping yourself to help others, you’ll probably end up being happier with your image.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]The story of Nehemiah is a great example of leadership and really shows how Nehemiah put others before himself. So what happened is the Babylonian army defeated the Israelite army and took them captive but after a while they were sent back because there weren’t needed. And then when everyone gets back to Jerusalem they were having trouble putting society back together. So Nehemiah likely hasn’t been to Jerusalem, and he asks his brother about the temple and the city.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]”They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” (Nehemiah 1|3) It wasn’t going very well over there. The people were in trouble, they needed help.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]”When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. Then I said: “Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.” (Nehemiah 1|4-7)

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]Nehemiah really cared for these people. His heart reached out to them. He also acknowledges the fact that they haven’t been acting the way they were supposed to be in order to keep their land given by God.  Then he even quotes God to make a point that something has to be done for these people because of his promise.

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“Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man. I was cupbearer to the king.” Nehemiah (1|11)

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This was Nehemiah’s plan for action. He wasn’t going to ignore what these people were going through because he cared so deeply for them. Nehemiah had a good job serving the king, he was better off than a lot of people. He makes the decision to let go of his job, everything he’s familiar with, and ask the king to leave so he can serve the people in Jerusalem.

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Nehemiah was so passionate about helping these people because his heart was broken for them. So what are you passionate about? What do you look at and think “This should be a bigger issue.” “This should be what more people are working for to make a difference.” “This is something that needs to change.”   What breaks your heart? What makes you want to make a difference? What if you spent less time focusing on yourself to help others? Find out what you really care about and let that inspire you to take action. Because it’s not like you’re unworthy. We can do do anything through Christ. It doesn’t have to be big. Started from the bottom now we’re here. We all have the potential to do great things. And I believe in you fam. Go make a difference *sparkle emoji*

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Think of the people who inspire you. Those people are where they are at because they made the world a better place, right? And we can do that. If we don’t ever try to make a difference we end up putting blame on other people for the bad. Don’t blame, do something about it. Jesus’ heart was broken by our sin. He was a great leader because he cared so much for us. My last point is that when you do take the step up to lead in your life, you never know who you’re going to affect. When you stand up for something you care about there so much change can come from it. What breaks your heart, and what can you do about it?[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”16px”][vc_column_text]Kayla Suda is a sophomore at Brighton High School. She grew up in South East Michigan with her brother and two sisters. She plays tenor saxophone in band and eats cocoa puffs. Her goal is to help people take next steps with God.
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