Last night the family watched a movie called The Book of Esther. It was wonderful! I thought about Esther obeying her God by obeying her king, her husband, and how we are to do the same today. I Samuel 15: 22 says " But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." Yet there came a time in Esther's life when she had to go against the rules in order to do the right thing...she had to come into the presence of her husband the king without being summoned, which was punishable by death. But her husband loved her. And when she did this thing and explained her reasons, he forgave her. There is a time to obey the rules ...and there is a time to disobey the rules. God spoke through the story of Esther to me about taking a stand for what is right, for those who cannot speak for themselves. Even if it means respectfully going against the rules, or risking your own life. What courage Esther had!! She trusted in the love of her God and in the fact that He was the one who had placed her as queen ultimately and that if she had to lose her life to defend something that was wrong, like the killing of her people - the Jews, then she had to be willing to do that. How many times are we willing to lose anything ...making a stand for what is right? Are we willing to lose the friendship of those around us? Are we willing to lose the respect of people in places of authority? Are we willing to lose our lives?