Saturday, October 12, 2013

An Esther Sort of Day

I was having an Esther moment today. In Old Testament times, Esther found herself in the right place at the right time, and from that came the expression "For such a time as this."

Part of my regular day job was to find different non-profit groups to staff a parking lot in my town and charge cars $1.00 to park there.

Today my church group was in the lot raising money for another church's Christmas outreach event called the Season of Giving. Over 1,800 income-qualified (read: low-income) people come for a meal, a gospel message, and a chance to pick out brand new gifts for each member of their family. To top it off, volunteers wrap the gifts before they leave, so each person brings home a huge bag of Christmas gifts that they picked out themselves. It's an awesome event.

Because of my job setting up the groups, 47 calendar dates in all, I've been able to put some worthy causes in the spotlight. Everything from our local food pantry to teen mentoring to grief counseling for children has had a chance to benefit from the parking lot fundraisers. I feel like, in some small way, I've been able to play a part in shining a light into my city, creating awareness for the needs that are out there, and helped to resource others for their work.

"For such a time as this..."

God knows where you are. He has set you in the boundaries of His choosing. He may have just placed you somewhere for such a time as this.

What are you going to do with it?

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