At church on Sunday the sermon was about Esther. Unfortunately, I can't say that I know much more about the sermon other than the subject because I was in the hallway or nursery 90% of the time with Bronson.
But, I love the book of Esther and was reading a little bit of it tonight.
Before Esther was brought into the king's palace nobody had heard of her. After a careful selection of beautiful women, Esther was was chosen to be the new queen. (Esther 2:17)
Haman, one of the kings men, had the king agree to a plan to wipe out all of the Jews in the kingdom. Mordecai (Esther's only living relative) sent a message to Esther in the palace and asked her to go before the king and request the he save all of the Jews (at this point nobody knew that Esther was also a Jew).
Whenever anyone went in front of the king the king could allow or deny them access to him. If they were denied it meant death. So, it wasn't exactly just another thing to check off on Esther's to-do list.
The king allowed Esther to speak to him and invited him to two banquets. At the second banquet she told the king that she was a Jew and asked for the man (Haman) who was behind this plan out to be stopped. The King had Haman killed and then had the decree to annihilate the Jews reversed.
If Esther hadn't have been chosen as queen then the Jews would have had a different end. They would have been wiped out. (Go HERE to read the whole story)
Esther was placed in the position as queen for a purpose.
This made me think. Even though I'm at home everyday with my kids I still have a purpose. Sometimes it might feel like I'm not important and wonder how I could possibly make a difference but, I still have a purpose.
Maybe the purpose is getting to know a new neighbour and showing them kindness.
Maybe the purpose is to get to know other stay at home mom's through play groups.
Maybe the purpose is to learn more patience. (I could use a lot more of that!)
Maybe the purpose is to get to know the mail delivery person and make their day brighter by saying "hi".
Regardless of where you are, or what you do, everyone has a purpose. It might not be moving to another country and becoming the next Mother Teresa but, everyone's purpose is just as important as the next.