I came across a fabulous blog post on the website Barn Princess in which she has a 30 day challenge for the single Christian woman. I was so impressed by it that I figure why not join in on the fun for the month of May. If you would like to see the post then you can click here.
Today (Day 1) challenge is
Day 1: Life Verse
Find a Bible verse that speaks to you and make it your life verse. Focus on having it memorized by then end of the 30 days. Post it where you can see it every day. Journal about it. Be creative with it. Why did you choose that verse? What does it mean to you? How does it give you strength? Or how does it give you direction?
The Bible verse that I enjoy the most is:
When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king’s eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her. Esther 2:15
I particularly love the end of the verse how Esther won favor in all of those who saw her. If you read the Bible then we know Esther was an orphan who became queen. A true Cinderella story indeed. But I can recall as I read, the end of this verse how Esther won favor in all those who saw her, pulled out a different meaning for me.
There was a lot of virgins who were gathered to possibly be queen and it was a long shot that Esther would be chosen. But the thing that set her apart was that people like her. Everyone who encountered Esther loved her because she was a good woman. Esther was not fake, backstabbing, conniving, rude, or cold hearted. She was a women who people loved to be around and for that the king chose her.
The book of Esther is such a short book. I think we all imagine that Esther chose some items came into the king’s chamber, they slept together, and he chose her to be queen. But I like to think that it was more than that. Since when can sex win over a man? Who is to say that the king had not heard of Esther before he even met her? She won favor of everyone around her included ling Hegai the one who was in charge of all the virgins.
While Esther was walking around being herself impressing everyone. I am sure there was talk around the castle about who this woman was. What a great woman she was, and how she would be great for the king. Even Hegai who had been living in the palace and knew the king, advised Esther on what to take with her as she would spend the night with the king.
This brings me to the important point of why I love this verse so much. If you are so busy being a good person then you never know who you may meet along the way. And you never know who will help you along the way. You do not have to pretend to be someone else or be the stereotypical evil back stabbing woman to get ahead. Just be you, and through being you will allow you to go to places that you never thought possible.
When you show people your true self, people are willing to help you just as Hegai helped Esther. People will fall in love you with and sing your praises to others, just as I am sure it happened in Esther’s case. And who knows, just like Esther you King may catch wind of you and want to get to know you, because of the wonderful things that he has heard about you.
You reputation should precede you, but in a good way. Can you imagine how this story could have been different if Esther was a cold hearted hateful human being? The king would not have been attracted to her, he just got rid of a defiant queen (Vashti) so why would he want another woman that is going to cause him problems.
The key point of this verse, is that you never know who is watching you. You never know if those people who are watching you will tell other people good things about you or tell other people how crazy you are. And other people’s opinion of you could bring you a king, a promotion, a job, an opportunity OR it can have the adverse effects and make you lose out on all of the above. Food for thought.