He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, his uncle's daughter, for she had no father or mother. Now the young lady was beautiful of form and face, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.
Many girls dream of being Queen Esther: a beauty who rose from obscurity; an orphan who was raised by her cousin; a longshot who won a competition; an outsider who became royalty; a discreet woman who followed the rules; a wise queen who led a brute to justice; a heroine who would save her people.
Surely, Esther was the total package. She had looks, brains, courage and God's favor. Even today, Esther is still famous. Her story is loved by Christians and Jews. So what's the thing that made her imperfect?
Just one thing we are told: When Mordecai (her cousin) told her to approach the king in a way that would endanger her life, Esther's first thought was for her own safety. But quickly, she perceived the big picture and readily risked it all for her kin.
1) Lasting beauty always comes from within.
2) Beauty queens must become good examples.
3) World leaders must resist self-centeredness.
4) Not taking a risk is the greater risk.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.