If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?
Esther, a Jewish orphan raised by her uncle Mordecai in a foreign land, was selected by King Ahasuerus be his queen in what was a very unlikely chain of events. You can read the full story in Esther. The point is, Esther, at a crucial time in Jewish history, had power and influence that could save her people from an evil plan being devised by Haman to kill all of the Jews, including Mordecai.
She sent this message back to Mordecai:
Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die. Esther 4:15
Esther used her position to try to help the masses of people, her people, who were being threatened and whose lives were on the line. She was willing to risk her own life. This is what true leadership is. Caring more about others and their deliverance than you do about your own position or power.
Yesterday, for Mother’s Day, I decided to use my voice to share my sobriety story in the hopes that maybe it would help deliver someone out of the cavern of denial and bring them into the light of the spirit. There is a solution but only if you know you have a problem.
And that is your mission also, should you choose to accept it. Speak your truth. It’s easy to hide behind a smile and a hug. It’s easy to quote scriptures and listen to other’s struggles while offering an aire of compassion and empathy.
It’s another thing to get in the trenches and share your struggles. I had the privilege of ending up my day at the jail. I sat in front of twenty female inmates and read them The Doctor’s Opinion. It destigmatizes and demystifies the disease of alcoholism. It’s just an allergy of the body and an obsession of the mind, which can be treated with a spiritual solution. So easy.
We talked for an hour about the mindset we share and the experiences we have which are similar. To bond with these women over a common problem, to laugh with them over past mistakes and to share the hope of a better day ahead living in sobriety was humbling. So many of them have children they didn’t get to see on Mother’s Day this year.
Arriving home I felt a wave of gratitude that I get to accept my mission. I have a choice to use my experience to benefit someone else. Why would I keep quiet with lives on the line that could be saved with just a little bit of information and vulnerability? Ego. Pride. Selfishness. Fear.
What will you think of me? Will you judge me? What if you don’t like me? What if you talk badly about me? Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. John 3:30
And this is what it takes to accept your mission. You must decrease. Allow His message to pipe through you loudly and clearly because it doesn’t matter if you live or die, it doesn’t matter if people don’t like you, it doesn’t phase you when people talk badly about you.
Your experience happened for a reason. You are in the position you are in for a purpose. Rise up and use your voice. Accept your mission with courage. You were born for such a time as this.