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Morning Prayer, Friday, January 14, 2022 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY:  HOW DO YOU STAND OUT

Father God, give me a heart of humility and kindness to care about people more than I care about the fluffy stuff in this world.  Amen

"When the turn came for Esther the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her as his own daughter, to go in to the king, she asked for nothing except what Hegai the king's eunuch, who had charge of the women, advised. Now Esther was winning favor in the eyes of all who saw her."  Esther 2:15

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."  Esther was a unique young woman whose humility and kindness caught the eye of a king.  When you look at her and the other young women vying for the heart of the king, she stood out.   One can imagine with Esther while the other ladies were oohing and awing over the jewels, beautiful gowns and the whole fanfare of being the Queen,  Esther didn't really care about that stuff.  The other ladies probably looked sideways at her because she wasn't gushing over that stuff, and yet they liked her.  Do you want to be known for standing out because you are someone who can't get along with people, always wanting to be noticed, or only interested in what you can get?  The Bible tells us that our gifts will make room for us.  Well, many will think it is only referring to a talent, but being able to make others smile because of your kindness, encouragement and strength, is a gift.  Esther had that kind of gift.  When the king sat down with her, she wasn't going on about the beautiful palace, gorgeous jewels and all that fluffy stuff.  She took an interest in the king, the person, the man.  As a result, Esther stood out.  The king noticed that.  When we are on our jobs, in our church or wherever, and show kindness, encourage others or just are kind, we too will stand out. 

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