Between Your Position And Your Purpose

Mordecai sent this reply to Esther : “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace, you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Esther 4 : 13 – 14

If Mordecai’s words to Esther seemed harsh, it was probably because of the urgency of the situation.

The entire Jewish race was about to be wiped out as a result of the evil manipulations of certain people who hated them and everything they stood for. Something had to be done to prevent the impending destruction and Mordecai knew that Esther as queen, would play a big role in saving her people.

What happens when a young, orphaned Jewish girl unexpectedly becomes first lady in the land of captivity? The perfect fairy tale, wouldn’t you say ? Among so many other young ladies, and after a rather tasking and demanding process, the king of Persia chose her to be his bride – That’s the story of Esther and how she became queen.

Unlike most fairy tales though, the story did not end there – It was in fact the beginning. Before she could get comfortable sitting on her throne, God called her to arise and fulfil destiny.

This explains what Mordecai was trying to make Esther see because it seemed she was hesitant to make any move. She had come into Persia as a Jewish exile but had risen to the highest position as the king’s wife. This wasn’t just a stroke of luck, now wasn’t the time to revel in her new status with all it’s trappings and benefits. God had set this whole thing up because a divine assignment lay before her. There was a divine purpose connected to her position as queen. Mordecai was basically saying; “No Esther, don’t just sit back, relax and celebrate, so many lives depend on your swiftness in answering God’s call to act.”

Your calling, that position you occupy is not the end, it’s a means to an end. It’s not all about you, you were called to be blessed and to be a blessing to others. You came to this world loaded with talents and gifts but God didn’t fill you with all these treasures just to make you feel good about yourself. Even the time you’ve been given to live on earth will be accounted for. Remember that you are a steward. Let your light shine, pour out and be a blessing to those around you.

The world awaits your impact, don’t waste another day thinking only about yourself and how to get your needs met. When Esther caught the vision, she ran with it, never once looking back. She risked her life in the process because she caught the essence of seizing the moment in order to fulfil one’s calling. Oh my! What would have happened if she hadn’t listened to her uncle, Mordecai’s rebuke? She would have lost her life because she was also a Jew. Even if her own life had been spared, she would have lived a life filled with guilt and regrets. Through her, the entire nation of Israel was preserved as she stood in defense of her people.

Show up, Speak up and Deliver. The world awaits your voice. Please don’t bury your talents. Use them, maximise your potential. You may look at your current situation and feel like where you are now is nothing compared to being in a palace but you don’t have to be in a palace before you can make a difference. Be willing to start small. When you’re faithful with little, God will enlarge your coast. Start from where you are and God will take you to where you need to be.

Don’t Stop Because You Stumbled

It’s 6 months into 2019 and I’ve been taking stock. One of my goals this year was to do away with abandoned projects. I’ve had my share of them and I wanted to do something about it.

It was a cycle of having a fantastic idea, starting out and dropping it just as quickly and the major reason was that I didn’t like it when things didn’t fall into place as nicely as I imagined they would. It makes me smile as I realize the error in thinking that these unexpected detours were indications that I shouldn’t proceed with these projects. That is just not how it works.

Limitations, resistance, hindrances, mountains, oppositions, they all point to one fact of life which is that there are no platters waiting to serve you what you think or feel you deserve. If you want to achieve anything, you’ve got to get up and go after it with rescilience.

It doesn’t matter how small or big the project may be, get ready to face some level of opposition. It won’t be everyday that things will go as planned but they are all just temporary tests to see how prepared you are.

One fine morning, ( Luke 8 22 – 25) Jesus told his disciples that they were going to the other side. His ministry was thriving as people were being touched and transformed through his teaching and workings of miracles. It was time though to expand his reach, more people awaited him on the other side of the sea and he was also willing to minister to them. So this fine day, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat and headed out but the waves and the wind decided on this same day to dance wildly and display fierce acrobatics which automatically meant that their mission to minister was being threatened.

It’s not difficult to imagine what would have happened if they had all given in to the fear and helplessness that was about to swallow them up as a result of the storm. Everything did go well though, because Jesus, informed by his disciples of impending disaster, got up and rebuked the wind and calm returned.

There’s glory on the other side, achievements waiting to be attained but a lot depends on your attitude towards challenges. Sometimes, it’s not a question of the fierceness of the storm but your determination to keep going.

Personally, what was holding me back was how I interpreted challenges. This year, instead of complaining and feeling sorry for myself, I choose to use these stumbling blocks as steadying rocks to hold as I work my way to the top. Here are somethings I’ve been doing to stay on track and keep going;

  1. The Bible says ‘ If you fail under pressure, your strenght is too small.’ ( Proverbs 24 : 10) so I pray for God to increase my strength and help me to keep going.
  2. I read inspirational books, devotionals and articles. I also reflect on success stories of people who inspire me. Stories of people like Barack Obama and Joyce Meyer remind me that success is a melting pot of trials and triumphs.
  3. I take a break from it all so I can clear my head and get a fresh perspective.