One major ‘Do it Afraid’ story in the Bible for me is the story of Esther.
How Esther had to be courageous even if it meant losing her life.
Queen Esther was a young Jewish woman who was married to King Xerxes, a king who practically ruled the entire world at the time.
A terrible plot was made against the Jewish people by one of the king’s high ranking officers to wipe out all the Jewish people on a named date.
Queen Esther handy revealed her identity has been Jewish in the palace, so she was going to be spared in the killings.
Her first response was to hide and feign ignorance of the decree that had been made understandably so because was scared of being killed also.
However, her older cousin, Mordecai called her out and told her she had to do something.
She decided she was going to appeal to the king, but, the King had a rule that forbade people from coming to see him unless he requested their presence. The consequence for showing up uncalled for was death.
I think Esther had a pretty good reason to be scared. I mean who wants to die? But on the other hand was pleasure was there in living knowing that your entire race is wiped out?
She had all the good reasons not to do anything. but she decides that ‘if I die, then I die!’That was courage in the face of fear.
She took the courage and went to meet the King, guess what? ( you already know what happened). He allowed her to live! He also ordered that the person who plotted to killed them be killed with his entire family.
She was able to save the lives of thousands of people.
Her courage paid off.
Courageous people are not the ones who didn’t face fear, they are the ones that act in-spite of it.
God knew at such a time was going to come for the Jewish people and for such a time he planted a young girl, Esther.
In the same way, a lot of lives hinge on our becoming who we are meant to be.
There are so many people who have inspired and affected your life by the amazing things they have done, imagine if they didn’t do?
Many of the things that we freely enjoy today, some people fought hard that we would have those benefits
. Imagine if they didn’t.
That is one of the reasons why we cannot allow fear to hold us back from becoming who we were meant to be.
We are where we are at right now and we are to become who we are supposed to be for the sake of a lot of people.
We are here to be a blessing to our World and God has equipped us with all that we need to become.
It would take courage to fulfill our potential, to rise above fear.
Courage once again is not the absence of fear.
You might not be in a Persian Palace but God planted you here on earth for a purpose and that purpose doesn’t revolve around you alone. It is the people you have been called to serve.
We might not necessarily have to be an Esther in the something something BC and your entire race isn’t going to be wiped out because of you.
There may be no daunting task in front of you right now but it takes a lot of courage to become. A courage to rise above mediocrity, the courage to decide not to be average. The courage to pursue your dreams. The reason why a lot of people never become is that they are not courageous. Being ordinary isn’t hard at all.
Today, take the courage to dig out buried dreams. Take the courage to allow yourself to dream again although the fear of being disappointed might be looming. Take the courage to decide to live unselfishly to find ways to use your gifts to serve your community.
Take the courage to find out your gifts and to find your talents while others are only scheming the surface of their abilities and playing it safe. Tak the courage to do what is unconventional and what every other person isn’t doing.
Take courage. The mistake is that sometimes we think courage is that extraordinary thing we do, courage is something for the heroic people. No! David learned to do the small things before the big things. He learned to kill bears before Goliaths. Courage is in the small daily feats as simple as getting out of bed, picking up that book, writing that letter…