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This May Be It

Friday, 1 March, 2019 - 10:37 am

We know the basic Purim story (The Holiday begins on the evening of March 20th):
2500 years ago, the Jews were in trouble. Haman, a wicked advisor to the Persian King Ahaseurus, had engineered an evil decree to exterminate the entire Jewish population.
Unbeknownst to almost everyone, including the King, the Jews had an ‘inside woman’ at the palace. Queen Esther, Queen of the entire Empire, was a Jewess! What’s more, she was related to Mordechai, the prominent Jewish leader of his time. In response to the threat, the Jews rallied and spiritually rejuvenated themselves, while Esther worked to save the Jews.
The Purim story is replete with messages for life.
When Mordechai found out about this terrible plan, he sent a secret  message to Queen Esther about the impending danger, imploring her to beseech the King. Queen Esther sent back a sad but reasonable response, basically saying: "This is terrible; but there's very little I can do. I haven't been summoned to the King's quarters for a month now. We all know that no one - under penalty of death - can come to the King's quarters unbidden. Really sorry"
Mordechai responds with a theological statement that re-frames her world: "If you choose to keep silent, relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from elsewhere...Who knows whether it was for just such a need that you were able to attain a royal position?!?”

In other words, Mordechai is saying: “You are in a unique position to help people. That’s not an accident. It may very well be that this opportunity is the entire reason G-d enabled you to achieve what you have achieved.”

It’s an inspiring, yet weighty, thought. When I find myself in a position to make a difference, I need to take a moment to recognize that what has presented itself isn’t just a burden or a responsibility. It may very well be an opportunity for me to actualize my entire purpose for existence, or at least the Divine objective for this specific area of my life.

None of us knows what G-d has in mind for our lives, but we know G-d has something in mind.

Your next choice may just be it.

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