Today I was reading an old Womens Conference address about one of my favorite stories in the scriptures, that of Queen Esther, who at great danger to herself, had the courage to step forward in a most crucial way to save her people. She was the right person, at the right place, at the right time, with the right preparation to do what the Lord needed her to do.
I am sure you know the statement "Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14).
I believe that each of us have a great work to perform, and that we are here at this time and place for a purpose. We can acquire spiritual skills and understanding so that we too can be in the right place, at the right time, with the right preparation to do whatever the Lord needs us to do. I think these skills come when we first have the desire and then strengthen our relationship with the Lord through scripture study, prayer and doing what is right...especially serving others.
I loved this part of the article
"What do you think would happen if we were to look at every ability and every talent, every challenge and grueling obstacle, as being given to us "for such a time as this"? Every gift and endowment from above--every opportunity, heartache, and disappointment here--teaches us, enlightens us, and makes us who we are: women better prepared to serve the Lord, however and whenever He calls.
And what happens when the only desire of our heart is to give all that we have and are back to the Lord? When we want to consecrate every gift, talent, and resource? When we want to consecrate every relationship unto Him? What happens? Marvelous things--life-changing and spirit-enlarging things"
These thoughts have sunk deep into my heart today and given me lots to work on. I am inspired to, as Gordon B. Hinkley used to say "try a little harder to be a little better." I want to live my life in such a way to be prepared-- the kind of woman the Lord can count on to bring forth good works and glorify Him. That is my hope and my prayer.
Here's to a new week and new goals:)