Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Esther 2:5-7

Esther 2:5-7 
English Standard Version (ESV)

  I love heroes.  You love heroes.  The world loves heroes, to the tune of $2.5 billion if you're an account with Disney and responsible for tracking the Avengers: Endgame box office totals.  We all love the story of someone who will dramatically save us from our enemies.  Frankly, I don't think the world pays nearly enough attention to the people who actually do non-dramatically save us from our heroes, or else middle school teachers would get paid a lot more than baseball players, but that's another topic for another day.
  What is just as important as a hero is the one who enables that hero to grow and develop into a hero.  Jonathan and Martha Kent played a vital role in helping Superman grow into the hero he became.  Each and every police officer serving today had someone in their life who steered or encouraged them at a pivotal moment. 
  And so you and I will likely not become well-known heroes.  Mordecai didn't become one, either.  But he cared for Esther, raising her like his own daughter when she had no mother or father of her own.  The book of the Bible isn't called Mordecai, because Esther was the hero of the story, but Mordecai supported her as she grew into her role.
  Who in your life can you support and encourage?  Who might need some intervention?  How can Christian community be a benefit to someone you know?  We can play vital roles in the lives of others if we slow down enough to notice the needs around us. 

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