She requested nothing...
Esther is a role-model heroine. God describes her as 'fair and beautiful.' She was also discreet and courageous.
Before Esther's fame, she was an orphan: a Jewish immigrant in Babylon, a low-ranking servant in an empire.
One day, without her knowledge or consent, Esther was conscripted for a harem. She was forced into a beauty contest, along with other attractive maidens. One, chosen by the king, would be his queen.
As a dazzling competition bonus, each maiden could request 'whatsoever' she desired before the king would judge her. As for Esther?
Unselfishly, she requested nothing. By God's design, she received everything.
People gifted with physical beauty can grow accustomed to worldly favor. But frequent perks can fuel the fires of pride, which tempt them to forget their beauty's Source.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: God designed you for a mighty purpose. When your looks attract admiring glances, show fans your more beautiful Creator. How? By your acts, especially off-stage.
Your beauty and talent have great purpose. Esther's great purpose was saving the Jews.
Are you marked to save a culture that's lost? A target audience of wanderers? Disillusioned people searching for truth? Use your beauty to magnify the Lord.
In this grand performance, request nothing. Your character and lack of pretension will impress everyone, including God.
## Beauty's Request
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beauty's Request series.