Day 3: Esther’s Honor
Take a brief moment to recall yesterday’s reading. Were you able to think about a time when you knew you needed to have a hard conversation with somebody, but you dreaded the thought of actually having it? What happened when you finally sat down with that individual and openly talked about what was troubling you?
If we’re all being honest, sometimes conversations like these play out worse than we initially imagined. But oftentimes the opposite is true and we are rewarded for having the courage to follow through. In these moments, the conversation goes much better than expected. In these moments, our concerns are validated. In these moments, the relational bond strengthens. In these moments, God is honored.
In the story of Esther, her courage to approach the king is rewarded and she is given honor by Xerxes and Haman. Similarly, Mordecai’s courage to reveal an assassination plot against the king is rewarded and he is given honor by Xerxes as well.
As you read today, consider this: What problems were Esther or Mordecai facing. How do you think they felt throughout these experiences?
What problems were Esther and Mordecai facing?
How do you think they felt throughout these experiences?
Who is somebody you personally know who has done something courageous? How may you honor them this week?
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Heavenly Father, while the thought of honoring others who have done something courageous may still be common today, I confess that I don’t regularly share appreciations or honor towards those who have done something courageous. May I begin to see people and situations differently, so that I may honor those who have been courageous, even if their small acts of courage have gone unnoticed by others. Similarly, I pray for opportunities to be more courageous, and I acknowledge that even in these situations, it will be You who is ultimately honored as a result. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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