Esther

"When Esther's maids and eunuchs came and told her about Mordecai, she was in great distress. She sent clothes for him to put on instead of his sackcloth, but he would not accept them. Then Esther summoned Hathach, one of the king's eunuchs assigned to attend her, and ordered him to find out what was troubling Mordecai and why."  - Esther 4:4-5

"If I have found favor with you, O king, and if it pleases your majesty, grant me my life—this is my petition. And spare my people—this is my request."  - Esther 7:3

A couple of things stood out to me today when reading this. 

1) Esther was thrust in to this position of power, prestige, wealth, and influence, yet she leveraged this not for her own gain but instead for loved ones and her people. She used what she had at her disposal to help those around her. I have to think that this was not something Esther "just started doing" once she came into her position, but it was part of her character before.  Now she just had the means and influence to make a difference on a much larger scale.

2) It's amazing to read the book of Esther all in one sitting.  To be able to see the grand story unfold.  You get a clear understanding that God was orchestrating it all. All of the choices and decisions that were made that seemed to be unrelated were all part of a master plan that God had in place.

My life, my choices, my work, my decisions all are part of a purpose God is calling me to.  Will my actions now in the simple, mundane, and ordinary situations prepare my character for when the stakes are higher? Am I living every day like today's activities and how I respond to them are vital to the success of things to come.

I don't think Esther or Mordecai, had any idea what was coming.  Nor do I believe that they had to live so "intentional", they were living out of the character that was already inside them.

Oh, God. Lead me and guide me. Mold me. Bend my will to yours. And grant me the wisdom to listen, obey, and follow.