"Do not think because you are in the king's house you alone of all the Jews will escape. 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 royal position for such a time as this?" Esther 4:13-14 (Mordecai to Esther)
The story of Esther is an English major's delight. It has everything. Love, irony, war, suspense. What a remarkable story! I long to exemplify the faith and courage of Esther; however, as many of you have read, I can identify more with Thomas (womp, womp, wommmp!).
Sometimes, I think we all need our own personal Mordecai in our lives. Can you imagine if every believer lived with the tenacity and bravery inspired by him? We would all live our lives for Christ as Esther did, with the "...if I perish, I perish" (Esther 4:16) philosophy. His encouragement was the finger that flicked the first domino in the effect of protecting the Jews from a bloody and terrorizing obliteration.
If we all lived as Esther did, what impact would our lives have?
I believe those who work at the Presbyterian Outlook are living with the same tenacious spirit and faith of Esther. Though the economic pressures of the country and changing face of the print publication industry have put a - shall we say, dent - on the company's financial resources - that is not slowing them down, and certainly not discouraging them.
Within the past week, we've been working on two grant proposals: one for a redesign for the entire magazine, and another to continue supplying free subscription to Presbyterian seminary students. See? When the going gets tough, the tough doesn't hang its head! It sally-forths with an air of Esther, head held high.
I'm so proud of these wonderful, faithful people! Perhaps I can act as their ever-encouraging Mordecai this summer!