For Such a Time as This
There are times when men and women are called to action (Est. 4:14–17). We live in an “instant” society, so accustomed to getting everything our way and in our time, we forget that you can wait too long to prepare for crisis, and that delay may be devastating.
Do every act in your life as if it were the last.
Think like a man of action, but act like a man of thought.
Unless a man has to do more than he can do, he will not do all that he can do.
An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.
Great ideas need landing gears as well as wings.
Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
When we are too busy chopping to sharpen the axe, we are too busy.
Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer: “Do not think because you are in the king’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to a royal position for such a time as this?”
Then Esther said to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are in Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maids will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”
—Esther 4:12–16 (NIV)
God promises a safe landing, but not a calm passage.