Suppose I am a pastor, just suppose. What kind of pastor would I be if my highest goal for each of you is to live a mediocre life… the church of the mediocre. Let’s shoot for average. Sleep in late. Do a job halfway. If you only spend half your day feeling sorry for yourself that’s about the best you can ever do. Imagine a parent that has that attitude about their kids – worthless. Never amount to anything.
Be a person of honor. A person that does which is right, whether you are recognized or not. A person of integrity. You’ve heard it said, “Your life may be the only Bible some people read.” Let’s learn to be a people that live honorable lives, lives integrity, and learn to honor each other. Honor God above all else, of course, yet the Bible says to honor parents, honor those in authority, honor leaders, honor each other. “Give honor to whom honor is due,” the Bible says in Rom. 13:7.
When people make that tough decision and risk personal comfort, sacrificially give to others, that is when heros are born. Those defining moments when you are confronted with a choice. A defining moment is when character is shaped, you are called to make a decision and how you make that decision defines your true self.
Recent Facebook question by a young person: “what do you do when it seems everyone is moving forward but you?” One person answered: “Aim yourself toward any dream or desire and take a step of faith in that direction.” I like that. My answer, read the book of Esther. Today we begin a summer series on the book of Esther. “what do you do when it seems everyone is moving forward but you?”