Even us "older adults" can get into the pattern of believing "it's all about me" and forgetting the rest of the picture.
If there was anyone who could have made everything about her it is Esther. When she is first introduced in Esther 2 she is described this way: "The girl had a good figure and a beautiful face." When it comes to what society tells us, those things alone would give her the right to build a world that was all about her.
But if you move forward a couple chapters, you will see that she had a choice to make. She could risk her life for her family or her people, or she could remain silent. She was told:
"If you persist in staying silent at a time like this, help and deliverance will arrive for the Jews from someplace else; but you and your family will be wiped out. Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this."Esther had a choice to make. She had to decide whether or not the people around her and the cause to which she was committed were more important than she herself. If you know the story, you know that she responded,
If you will do this, I’ll go to the king, even though it’s forbidden. If I die, I die. (or, in the King James Version, if I perish, I perish."Do you have anything in your life that is important enough for you to risk your life? Have you been able to put yourself behind your family, your friends, or the cause to which you were created when it comes to setting your priorities?
I pray daily for the courage to have the attitude of Esther and to remember that it's not all about me. In fact, it's WAY beyond me.