Truth Tuesday – Selfless Love Can Leave a Huge Impact

by Kathy

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Esther 2:5-7

At that time there was a Jewish man in the fortress of Susa whose name was Mordecai son of Jair.  He was from the tribe of Benjamin and was a descendant of Kish and Shimei.  His family had been among those who , with King Jehoiachin of Judah, had been exiled from Jerusalem to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar.  This man had a very beautiful and lovely young cousin, Hadassah, who was also called Esther.  When her father and mother died, Mordecai adopted her into his family and raised her as his own daughter.”  (NLT)

As I read the last line in verse 7, I paused on the words “her father and mother died.  Esther was an orphan until she was adopted by her cousin, Mordecai.  Mordecai saw a need and responded.  I doubt Mordecai knew at the time how this selfless act would impact an entire nation.

Even though I am quite familiar with this story, these words stood out like never before because of a story currently unfolding in the life of a very dear friend of mine.  Far away, in another country, I know of  another beautiful young girl, who is also an orphan.  However, in the next few days and hours, she will be given a new name and home where she will be loved beyond anything that she could possible understand right now.  My sweet friend, and her husband, have had God wooing their hearts to adopt this pre-teen and love her as their own, joining three siblings at home.  We have begun to count down the hours until it is official.  In just a few days, I will be walking through the halls and rooms of their home, praying over their house and family,  and welcoming a new girl to love!

The task of loving and raising this daughter will not be easy for my friends.  Even though thousands of questions and concerns come to their minds, they are choosing to look beyond their fears, trusting a Sovereign God that commands us to be more than just hearers of God’s Word – but doers (James 1:22).  They are living out James 1:27 that says this,  “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”  (NLT)

As I consider Mordecai’s selfless response to love and care for Esther, I am challenged this week to also live selflessly and serve others.  I am asking God to show me where He wants me to be more than just a hearer of the Word, but a doer, selflessly serving those He brings along my way.  When Mordecai reached out to meet the needs of a young orphaned girl, he impacted the entire nation of Israel.  I want God to use me to make an impact in this world for Him!

Who is God putting into your life right now that you could love and serve?  It may be a neighbor, a widow, an orphan, your spouse, a child, or a friend.  Allow God to open your eyes to serving others.  Only God knows how it will impact the world.   Our part is to trust and obey.

Oh and more thing….could I please ask you to be in prayer for my friends?  To protect their privacy, I am going to withhold their names.  God knows who you are praying for.  Thank you, Grace Full Journey Friends!

Have a Grace Full week living selflessly for the King’s glory!

 

2 Responses to “Truth Tuesday – Selfless Love Can Leave a Huge Impact”

  1. Paula Dijkers says:

    So encouraged to be looking for opportunities to come along side those God brings into our lives. Thank you. I will be praying for this sweet family.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you Paula for your prayers for my friend! I received word today that the adoption is became final today and they have a new daughter. Praising God!! I would love to hear how God brings others into your life this week to serve and love.

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