Who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
Esther a Jewish captive in ancient Persia found herself facing a dangerous opportunity. Her husband Ahasuerus, the hotheaded King received malicious advice to begin a program to exterminate the Jewish people. Esther’s uncle Mordecai pleaded with her that she intercede on behalf of her people stating “You are placed in this position for such a time as this”
Ester acted, persuaded Ahasuerus, saved her people, and fulfilled her destiny.
Not many of us operate our lives with such a strong sense of destiny. Imagine if we could emulate Esther. What an impact that would have on our lives and those of others.
Our first impulse is to think of folks with a “big” destiny like Esther, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi. But for those who have a“small” destiny like leading a project team, developing innovative software, or being a part of a group that is revitalizing a community, the possibility of having a destiny may seem far-fetched.
In case we minimize the importance of what we are doing may I remind you of some other words from Jewish history “Do not despise the day of small beginnings”. (Zechariah 4:10)
Small actions in the spirit of justice and service are not to be underrated. Remember that ripples become waves
Instead of saying “What’s wrong with this project?” or “This is not really a big deal”, would it not be better to say, “Imagine when this project succeeds? Or “In these ways lives will be transformed one person at a time”?
Don’t view the landscape as littered with problems. Instead engage in possibility thinking. If people declare you unrealistic you are in good company. Think of all the opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, the adoption of equality in marriage, and the movement to reintroduce ethics and character back into politics. Think of the Women’s March. (We walked with nearly 1 million people in Los Angeles) .
On the first week when Gay marriage became official in California I was asked to officiate at a wedding for the lesbian daughter of one of my friends. That wedding was one of the highlights of my life. When it came to the final declaration in the ceremony I said,
“I have been waiting for this day for years. By the authority vested in me by the State of California, I declare you wife and wife. You may now kiss each other”.
The audience stood up and broke into loud cheering and applause before I had even finished my pronouncement. It was a big moment for California where same sex marriage was finally official, for the couple who had been living together for years, and for someone from a church that would summarily have excommunicated him person for officiating on such an occasion.
Doing the right thing (by the standards of universal decency and justice) is the way to fulfill our destiny.
What do you need to do to fulfill yours?
Don’t underestimate the importance of your contribution and realize, “You have come for such a time as this”.