For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed. (Esther 10:3 KJV)
You have to be PASSIONATE about what you want to happen in your life, in your community, in your country and in your world!
Without a personal passion, you won't get very far. Question great entrepreneurs, they'll tell you they worked the midnight oil. Question world changers, they'll tell you that many times, they had to work alone, with little support in order to enact change. Question church planters, they'll tell you that for many weeks, they only had a handful of people attending the church they were starting.
There is one thing common with PASSIONATE people, they are usually full of Faith and Hope that THERE WILL BE A DIFFERENCE - THERE WILL BE A CHANGE!
In the book of Esther, Mordecai was the difference maker. He decided that he was NEVER going to stop until there was a change of plans. You see, Haman who was given some high powers from the king, was angry that Mordecai wasn't bowing down to him and got the king to decree that all the Jews should die.
Mordecai, a man after God's own heart decided that THINGS WILL NOT GO THAT WAY, there MUST be a change. I love what he did, he didn't just talk like many of us today, he ACTED. In Esther 4:1, Mordecai tore off his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes and went in the middle of the city and cried with a bitter cry. He even went a step further. He wanted to be heard. He wanted to be noticed and so he went near the king's gate.
He went public, he wasn't letting this law be carried out without a fight. In Esther 4:3, Mordecai summons his Jewish colleagues to pray and fast and mourn and weep and wail and join him and lay in sackcloth and ashes.
In Mordecai's spirit, he was saying, "THERE WILL BE A CHANGE!" He get's attention from Esther, a chosen Jew who was made the king's wife and lived in the Palace. He informs her of how urgent the matter was and although she was fearful, he doesn't give up. He pushes her until she goes in to see the king, explains the situation and causes the tables to turn.
Haman himself was hanged on the same gallows he had prepared for Mordecai. All of this happened because Mordecai decided that "THERE WILL BE A CHANGE."
Friend, what ever you want in life, you have to have lots of FAITH, HOPE, STRENGTH and COURAGE and fight for it. Like Mordecai, never stop until the change - the difference that you want comes into being. Set in your mind to overcome every huddle and past hurt. Set in your mind to rise when you fall. Set in your mind to shun every NAYSAYER.
Set in your mind that there will be a change in your family situation, your health issue, your wayward child, your employment problem, your financial situation. It's only when you make up in your mind that SOMETHING MUST CHANGE, that it will.
Mordecai rose from being an ordinary Jew, half naked crying in sackcloth and ashes to being next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed. (Esther 10:3 KJV)
You can and will rise too if you decide - THERE WILL BE A CHANGE.
Today, December, 16th 2011, I publicly renew my commitment to work hand in hand with children and youth all around the world to endeavour to change their mindset and show them that they can and will make it with God's help. With help or without - I resolve today that There Will Be A Change among our Youth!
Hope is Ahead!