Do you know yourself?
It seems like a weird question, but there are many of us who are out there searching for the “true self.” OK, here is another question — Do you know your value as a person?
As a military spouse, it can be difficult to maintain a personal identity as one becomes enveloped in the day-to-day operations of an active-duty spouse.
There is the job of maintaining a household during field operations and deployments; being two parents wrapped into one; packing up a house in order to get to the next duty station— the list goes on.
There are times it may be very hard to maintain a job or attend college during the hustle and bustle of military life. It is quite easy to become tired and broken from the grind of taking care of others while losing one’s identity and worth.
I am reminded of the story of Naaman’s house slave that can be found in 2 Kings 5-14.
In this story, she is a common, ordinary woman who has the thankless job of working for the wife of one of the most powerful military men under King Aman.
As her master is stricken with leprosy, she makes the decision to step out of her place of servitude and use her voice to tell of God’s unspeakable power that leads to his healing.
In this one moment, she goes from being a poor woman to one of unspeakable wealth (not monetary) because of God’s unyielding power.
This story is an important reminder that God always has a purpose for our lives even in the times when we fail to see it.
The power and purpose of military spouses is undeniably great as he or she stands behind and supports the Soldier, nurtures the children and develops new friendships. You are the true “guardians at the gates” as you sacrifice yourself in order to keep the home from crumbling under pressure.
If you ever feel you are not important enough or just need someone to listen to you, please stop by the Chaplain Family Life Center located in Building 2606 in Soldiers’ Plaza or call 706-545-1760.