“…Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for such a time as this.” -Esther 4:14
It’s that time of year again- the realization of the conclusion of one year and the beginning of another always tends to make us think a little more about our goals, accomplishments and maybe even some of our failures. I don’t know how many times, I’ve said to myself, “this year, I’m going to finally lose these last ten pounds.”
And while, I’m all about a goal, I must admit that my goals tend to focus on one thing– me. I’m not suggesting that my goals are completely selfish, but rarely do I think about my goals in the context that maybe someone else in the world, aware or not, is waiting for me to accomplish this goal.
I was thinking about this very thing the other day when the Holy Spirit brought this scripture to mind from the book of Esther. Of all the women in the Bible, Esther is one of my favorites- primarily because of how God used this one woman to deliver an entire nation. And while she triumphed in the end, this particular comment from her cousin Mordecai paints a very real picture of where many of us find ourselves. Perhaps we accomplish or nearly accomplish a goal and just when it gets harder or greater than we expect, we have a tendency to fall back, slack up and maybe even completely quit.
It’s quite possible that I have made more resolutions than those I have finished, but I do know that whenever I knew someone was counting on me, I felt more responsible and more compelled to get the job done.
So today, I want to leave you with a few things we can glean from Esther as we prayerfully consider what we want to accomplish next year.
ONE Take some time to fast and pray about goals. If we are going to accomplish anything, it should line up with God’s Word and will for our lives. The Bible tells us that we are to acknowledge God in all our ways and He will direct our paths.
TWO Share your goals with family and friends who will lovingly keep you accountable. I love that Esther’s response to her dear older cousin was to have the nation pray and fast with her. In some of my most daunting times, I know it was nothing but the encouragement and prayer of friends they got me through. Let’s be honest, we all need encouragement and sometimes we are too tired to pray gif ourselves. It’s crucial that we have a support system.
THREE Ask God to make you sensitive about who needs you to accomplish this. Even though it might not always be completely clear, our decisions and actions have a profound impact on the world around us. Just like what we do affects people, what we don’t do affects people too.
FINALLY make sure your goal is something you’re committed to with every fiber of your being. We’re more apt to complete that which we are most passionate about. Esther’s final comment to her uncle was, if I die, I die.
Queens do more than wear a crown, but they (rule) over a land. Let’s start this year by committing to being better queens fit to wear crowns by the way we steward the greatest kingdom of all, our lives.
Brittany Lyn has the heart and mind of a Nora Ephron heroine– you know, quirky, but kind. She believe in good coffee, southern hospitality and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She describes herself as “unapologetically hopeful.” She enjoys cooking for friends and spending time with her dog, Graham. To learn more, swing by IAmBrittanyLyn.com or @iambrittanylyn (Twitter and Instagram).