What to do . . . for such a time as this?

Have you felt a call on your life for-such-a-time-as-this?
 
I did recently when the governor issued stay-at-home orders, especially when those orders meant that the Class of 2020 would be missing all of their traditional end-of-year activities:
– Face-to-face mock job interviews
– Fundraiser dinner/variety show/auction
– Senior project presentations
– Senior banquet
– Senior class community service project
– Senior trip
– Baccalaureate
– Traditional commencement
 
My heart hurt, at least partly because as the former senior English teacher, senior class advisor, and academic advisor, I used to organize all those events for the senior class. I knew they were truly missing out.
 
So I knew God was nudging me to do something. So this is what I did:
– Started Moms and Friends of the Class of 2020, a Facebook group to provide encouragement and a forum for sharing creative ideas.
– Raised thousands of dollars to put together gift packages for each of the thirty graduating seniors from our little high school here in the Sierra Valley–with lots of pricey gift in each package such as a Northface backpack.
– Still . . . writing articles on each senior for the local newspaper, with a photo to profile them to the community.
 
But before any of that came together, all kinds of thoughts swirled:
– “You don’t teach there anymore. Why?”
– “You don’t have time.”
– “If you make a commitment to create gift packages, you might get stuck financially.”
– “Others might perceive you as a threat, like you’re butting your way into their lives.”
– “You hate asking people for money.”
– “Someone else should do this.”
 
I imagine Esther also had all kinds of objections when her uncle Mordecai asked her to intercede with the king, her husband, to rescind the edict calling for the annihilation of the Jewish people. One of those objections certainly must have been this: “Shoot! He doesn’t even know I am a Jew! I could die for this!”
 
It’s interesting that the entire book of Esther does not mention God and does not mention prayer–unlike other books of the Bible.
 
But pray Esther did. In fact, she asked Mordecai to have the Jews to hold a three-day fast, which she said she and her young women would do as well. Then she would go to the king. Which she did, thus saving the nation of Israel.
 
I have no idea what any of what I’m doing will accomplish. My husband, who did years of civil works projects as a volunteer for our little city, always says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
 
And I did get word of some criticism today.
 
Whatever.
 
All I know is that in my little corner of the world here, God asked me to do a few small things for my community, none of which carried the weight of what Esther had to do. I also know that if God calls me to do something, he will show me how, he is bigger than any of my objections, and I can trust him for the results.
Each of us can do something, I think, to lighten someone’s load right now. Each of us is called for-such-a-time-as-this.
 
Keep #LookingUp . . . and looking out for others.
 
A former high school educator, Janet McHenry is a national speaker and the author of 24 books, including the bestselling 50 Life Lessons for Grads: Surprising Advice from Recent Graduates, which can be purchased here: https://www.janetmchenry.com/lookingup/specials
 
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