Thursday, July 1, 2010

For Such A Time As This...

Now before I go any further, I have to tell you that if you want drama and intrigue, hero and villain action, and some of the best reality television you will ever read, you have to read the entire Book Of Esther. Honestly it’s probably best for you to go read it before you finish reading this post… (Pages Turning)
Okay… so after reading Esther you remember this famous statement offered by Mordecai when he says “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14) I recently shared this story in my community at Fieldstone and was reminded of how powerful this moment is in Esther’s life directly affects our life if we are willing to realize that we have been called “for such a time as this.”
It’s easy to get this twisted and think that we have to be willing to sacrifice our lives like Esther did, but then again maybe that’s exactly what this passage is about. I mean here’s what I’m thinking… From a Christian perspective we hear and read scripture that says, we can actually be transformed into a “new creation”, but we have to be willing to let go of the old way of doing life and take on the Way (read Jesus) and live a life of unconditional love and service. (2nd Corinthians 5:17)
Now take a breath and think about that for a second. What I’m getting at is a real acknowledgement of another way of living and responding to life. Regardless of our approach to faith we can all acknowledge that we find ourselves in daily living that calls on us to make real time decisions that actually affect others and have serious implications.
You and I were made for such a time as this. Right now, you have the opportunity to directly bring help, hope, love and peace into someone’s reality. Right now, you have the opportunity to step into someone’s hurt and brokenness and bring healing and wholeness. Right now you have the opportunity to bring light into darkness.
Oh, I know what you’re thinking. What is he talking about? Those words don’t seem to truly speak to my situation or into my specific relationship. Well, here we go…
Do no harm. Think about the people in your life that harm like family, friends, co-workers etc. Do Good. What are some real ways that you can do good with those people? What are some ways you can do good for creation? What are ways you can do good for your neighbor? (Based on John Wesley’s General Rules)
We were made for such a time as this. With the amount of bad happening in our community don’t you think we can actually start doing some good? Don’t you think we were made for such a time as this?

Speak On THAT!

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