Earlier this month, Eli Capilouto was formally installed as the 12th president of the University of Kentucky. He marked the occasion by boldly promising to build new dormitories and classroom buildings. To those who might question such an endeavor in these trying economic times, Capilouto said, “There is no easy time. There is only our time.”
In the Bible, we read about how Esther was thrust into a difficult position. Her cousin Mordecai urged her to speak to the king and intervene on behalf of the Jewish people. Recognizing the danger of such an undertaking, Esther hesitated. Mordecai responded by saying, “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14).
We only have one life to live here on earth. We might wish for more convenient circumstances, but the truth is, we only have our time to do what God has set before us to do. If we make excuses and shirk our responsibility, God will find some other way to accomplish his purpose. But life will be much more rewarding if we accept responsibility and fulfill our mission in life, even if it means doing something difficult.