What is your passion? Each of us has a responsibility to live a life of purpose, in accordance to our talents and strengths. This week I have been studying the book of Esther, and in doing so, I noticed that Esther had some character traits that are not typically viewed as the makings of a heroine. She obeyed authority, was respectful, humble, conscious, meek, submissive, and timid. In conjunction with those, she was courageous; willing to give up everything-even her life, in order to fulfill her destiny.
If you’re not familiar with this Old Testament book, Esther was a Jewish slave living in Persia during the time of King Xerxes I. Through a series of events, out of her control, she becomes the Queen of Persia and ultimately saves the Jews in the Persian Kingdom from genocide. God isn’t mentioned in this book, but His sovereignty shines as he works in the background, preparing the stage for Esther to be in the right place at the right time. In turn, she uses her love for God in order to save her people from annihilation.
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 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Esther 4:13-14 NIV
We most likely will not be given charge over the lives of thousands, but we still have a responsibility to be a shining light in this dark world. How can we possibly do this if we are overwhelmed with “stuff”? Mountains of material possessions in a world of “more” are suffocating our true purpose. We should be focused on serving, leading, loving, and making a difference in the lives of others! By paring down the clutter, you will free up space, both physically and mentally, to do what is most important. Being free to live a life of purpose!
These scriptures have spoken volumes to me this week. As much as I try to avoid it, sometimes my own insecurities get in the way of living the life God intended for me. When this happens, I feel unfulfilled, and start down the dangerous road of making comparisons to others. When I take a step back and realize what’s going on, I have to remind myself that we were all created with different passions and goals. If I focus on my strengths, the weaknesses seem much less significant. For me, I have been called to live a purposefully minimal life that focuses on serving God, loving others, and valuing relationships over things. What have you been called to do?