By Les Turner
“When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4:16b
Esther, a Jewish girl, married to a pagan king, broke with long-standing tradition and marched into her husband’s throne room, spoke her mind, and rescued her people from annihilation. One girl saved an entire nation because she was willing to put everything on the line.
Are you feeling inadequate today? Are you thinking, “Someone else should be doing this job instead of me?”
Then read these words written by clergyman Edward Everett Hale:
“I am only one; but still I am one. I can’t do everything; but still I can do something: and because I can’t do everything, I will not refuse to do the something I can do.”
How many people did it take to rescue the dying man on the Jericho Road? One Good Samaritan.
How many people did it take to confront Pharaoh and lead the exodus out of Egypt? One man, Moses.
A respected leadership expert writes:
“God has put a dream inside you. It’s yours and no one else’s. It declares your uniqueness. It holds your potential. Only you can birth it. Only you can live it. Not to discover it, take responsibility for it and act upon it, is to negatively affect yourself as well as all those who would benefit from your dream.”
Poet John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, “For all sad words of tongue and pen; the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.’”
In your twilight years, will you look back and feel like you’ve spent your life struggling to fulfill other people’s expectations? Or will you know that you lived it to the fullest by striving to fulfill your God-given dream?
Think about it now, while there’s still time to change direction.
A Note About Les:
I am a father of two and married to Debi, the Best Friend God could have ever given me for 30 years now. For most of my life I did not have room for God. I was just living for me, and my pleasures. But 15 years ago I had a encounter with Jesus and He showed what sin was robbing me of and how miserable my life had been and the Joy and peace I was missing.
Since then I have felt loved and found a love for people that I did not know I had and a purpose that I knew I was to fulfill. This has lead me into the jail, homeless and hungry ministries and to minister to men`s groups talking to men who are hurting, lonely, angry- lost and need pointed to friend that sticks closer than a brother. I’m doing my best to love, learn, and live like Jesus everyday.