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God has crowned us with dignity and invited us to participate in his story of redeeming love. And, to be sure, we each have our own gifts and unique roles to play. But we’re not the hero of the story. We’re not that important. This is still God’s story and we do well to remember this.

Of course, we are important. We’ve been chosen and loved with the passionate, unfailing, and personal love of God.

And it brings him great delight to see us fulfill all he created us to do.

But whatever honor we might have in advancing God’s kingdom, our place remains in his story. He’s the hero, not us.

We set ourselves up as a false god when we assume we’re irreplaceable and that the advance of goodness depends ultimately on us.

We’re not that important. 

Mordecai makes a similar point to Esther in requesting her help to bring deliverance and relief to God’s people. While acknowledging perhaps she was made queen for such a time as this, he was also quick to note that God will use someone else to save his people if she remained quiet.

Esther was invited to participate in God’s story. But God’s ultimate purposes were never depended on Esther. She was not that important.

Certainly, we might miss out if fear gets the best of us and we choose not to actively participate in the story God is telling. But maybe more dangerous is letting pride overtake us and tempt us to believe the goodness of God’s story rest on our shoulders alone.

While we have a unique role to play, it’s a mistake to assume the story is about us and that we’re irreplaceable.

Faithfully fulfill all God has called you to do. And remember the story is not about you. You’re not that important. God remains the hero of his story.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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