We read a little bit in the book of Esther with the girls recently. Esther’s words “for such a time as this” not only struck a cord in my heart but in the girls hearts as well. Have you ever thought about how you have been placed on this earth at this exact time for a specific reason? During our recent devotional with the girls they asked the question “Why did God chose for me to live today not many years ago or sometime in the future?”
What a great question, right!? One that I have actually thought about a lot over the past few years myself too. God knew us even before we were born (how cool is that)! He chose for us to live today, during this time, and at this very moment for a special reason. The problem is often times we don’t always realize or know what that really means for us. We get so caught up in the daily obligations of life itself we forget that its the little “daily” stuff that can really have a life long impact on the lives of others. Take our kids for example…feeding their bodies, teaching their minds, and shepherding their hearts now can make a positive impact on many future generations to come. Will we mess up? Yes! That is normal, however, it is important that they know we love them, we make mistakes, and that our hearts aren’t perfect either which is why we need Jesus’ grace, love, wisdom, and forgiveness just as much as anyone else.
We have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world, starting with the people around us. Are we taking the time to share his love, kindness, mercy, goodness and grace to those people we interact with daily as well as those we may only have 1 opportunity to touch their lives? I am thankful He has allowed me to live today…to have a spouse who loves me, to have these children keep me on my toes, friends who challenge me to do better, extended family who want to be a part of my life, a blog to reach out to people I may never meet in person, and so many more amazing blessings in my life. Are our lives reflecting Him through our words, thoughts, and actions so that we have many opportunities to make a positive eternal impact? If not, what do I need to do to change?
The girls are really thinking lately. We went from Jesus to John the Baptist to (Carmel Hair Coats, Esther, Baptism, Life, Death, Salvation, Sharing the Good News, Extended Family, Heaven, Praying, what is a Pastor, Faith and maybe even a couple more thrown in there along the way…). Quite the discussions lately, but I am thankful for their desire to learn and grow. I pray that Jake and I will have wisdom we need to answer the questions in a way that will only strengthen their faith and make a positive impact on their lives and hearts. One of the best parts about reading through a variety of devotional books with them is that it really seems to initiate some good conversations.