Ecclesiastes 3:4 ESV says there is..
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Beloved, what about you?
– What have others told you about yourself that has either inspired you or discouraged you?
– Are there events in your life that are making you think you can’t move past where you are now?
Now I want you to meet Esther.
Esther’s early life wouldn’t have suggested great success was on the horizon for her either.
Esther was chosen to be Queen after Vashti was deposed from her position for refusing to appear before King Xerxes and his guests. To find his new queen, Xerxes hosted a royal beauty pageant and Esther was chosen for the throne. Who would have imaged that out of the entire kingdom, Esther (also named Hadassah) a Jewish orphaned child, raised by her older cousin Mordecai, would have been favored to become Queen?
But that’s not where her story ends.
The king’s highest official was Haman and he hated the Jews. He especially hated Mordecai and thus, then came up with a plan to have every Jew in Persia killed. Mordecai learned of the plan and shared it with Esther in hopes with her new position, she could do something. However, Esther was a little hesitant and basically said, “That’s not a good idea for me to go to the King with this. I could be killed for entering in his courts without an invitation.” That didn’t sit well with Mordecai:
Esther 4:12-14 (NIV) says:
12 When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, 13 he sent back this answer: “Do not think that because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 14 …. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
In other words – being in a certain position may give you power and opportunity, but it doesn’t exempt you from facing hard situations (directly or indirectly) or having to make tough decisions.
In spite of what could have happen to her, her family, and the other Jews, along with prayer and fasting, Esther courageously risks the king’s wrath by appearing before him – uninvited. She invites the King and Haman to a banquet which results in her being able to persuade the king to save her people and Haman is hanged on the gallows.
Esther, contributed something special to the world and to me personally: COURAGE & HONESTY IN LEADERSHIP.
Esther also taught me not to allow my past to define my future.
What can you relate to in Esther’s story?
– What kind of background do you have? Are you letting your past define you or are you going to define your future?
– When have you had to be courageous in a situation, not knowing the outcome?
Let this woman’s story serve a reminder that we each have something special to contribute to this world, no matter how big our worlds are. You could be a role model for someone else at this very moment.
Maybe it’s to make people laugh; maybe it’s to encourage others through your writing or speaking; maybe it’s your gift as a hair dresser to make people beautiful; or it could be your gift as a photographer to capture God’s creations on film.
Whatever it is – do it for the GLORY OF GOD.For who knows why beloved that you have come to your position for such a time as this… Katrina