Helen Keller- well known writer, educator and disability advocate overcame incredible limitations to make her mark on the world. She contracted an ailment at 19 months of age that left her blind, deaf and mute. The odds of her becoming more than an institutionalized statistic was against her. Yet through the determination for her mom, Kate Adams Keller and the labor of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller was the first blind-deaf person to attend college. She has written 12 books and numerous articles, the first entitled “The Story of My Life” written at the age of 22 while still in college! She overcame supposedly insurmountable obstacles.
Then there is Joni Eareckson Tada- while she went diving at age of 17, encountered an accident that left her a quadriplegic, unable to use both legs and both hands. Yet she has produced some of the most beautiful and intricately detailed art by using her paint brush and her teeth. An outspoken woman of Faith, Mrs. Tada written more than 50 books, is decorated with numerous awards and is the CEO and founder of Joni & Friends, an International Disability Center, ministering to persons with disabilities and taking the message of Christ to over 47 countries!
We established that a woman of virtue is a woman who possesses moral and ethical standards, and is a woman of an honest and righteous character.
There is woman in the Bible that was not only a woman of virtue, but also a woman of courage.
A King of one of the greatest provinces, extending from Africa (Ethiopia) to Asia (India), named King Ahasuerus, had recently dethroned his wife- Queen Vashti, in search for a wife to be queen “better than Queen Vashti.” Queen Vashti had dishonored her husband when while King Ahasuerus threw a feast for all his assistants and officials in his kingdom, he had asked queen Vashti to come and display her beauty for all the guests to see. Well Queen Vashti refused. For whatever reason, she did not want to come forward at the King’s command. She dishonored him, so King Ahasuerus removed her crown and title and began a process of selecting a new queen for his empire.
Many women were selected for this “Royal Pageant.” Women throughout Africa and Asia- were bought before him. The outcome of these hundreds (at least) women selected, screened and chosen, an orphan Jew named Esther was selected to be Queen!
A few years later, Haman, chief prince of King Ahasuerus’ provinces, grew disdain and remorse toward the Jews, because Mordecai, one of the King’s servants, (Esther’s cousin) a Jew, refused to bow down to Haman. Haman wanted to eliminate all Jews in the provinces of the King. He didn’t want anyone to survive. His hate, malice and anger was terrifying.
However, Haman did not know that the Queen was also a Jew. When Queen Esther heard the decree and ransom to kill the Jews, she commanded Mordecai saying, “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me;… And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther knew that anyone, no matter the title, wealth or position, if they go in to the King without being requested by him, would be sentenced to death. There was only one exception: the king extend his gold scepter to the person, then they will live.
Just as Esther told Mordecai, after fasting three days, she went and stood before the King. King Ahasuerus extended his golden scepter giving Esther permission to ask whatever she wanted of him. Ofcourse, Esther requested that Haman’s decree to kill all the Jews be stopped. King Ahasuerus not only granted her request, but sentenced Haman and his men to death for conspiracy against the Jews.
Here, one (1) woman’s courage, changed the destiny of an entire nation and people. One woman’s courage, gave glory to God!
Are you showing courage in your life, choices and actions. Are you using your life to honor the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Jesus himself.
Or are you sitting on your talents thinking “Oh, someone else will do the job…” when God has positioned YOU to do it.
Father, give me strength and courage to honor you, stand for justice and love others. In Jesus’ name.
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