Choice 1 - To maintain an excellent attitude in life or not? 選択1- 人生で素晴らしい態度を保ち続けるか、どうか? The difficult past. She was an orphan. Where was God when … ? Yet being brought up under Mordecai. (Ester 2:7) Mordecai had a cousin named Hadassah, whom he had brought up because she had neither father nor mother. This girl, who was also known as Esther, was lovely in form and features, and Mordecai had taken her as his own daughter when her father and mother died. (エステル2:7 JCB)このモルデカイは、ハダサ、またの名をエステルという若く美しい娘を育てていました。実際はいとこに当たるのですが、年もずいぶん離れていたことでもあり、両親が亡くなったあと、娘として引き取ったのです。 (James 1:27) Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (ヤコブ1:27 JCB)父なる神の目から見て、純粋で汚れのない信仰とは、みなしごや未亡人が困っていれば世話をし、この世から自分をきよく守ることです。 Choice 2 - To give up personal freedoms or not 選択2- 自分の自由を諦めるかどうか -To enter a beauty contest meant a lot of sacrifices. (1 Corinthians 9:22-23) To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (23) I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1コリント9:22-23 JCB)良心を悩ませやすい人たちのそばでは、自分の知識をひけらかすような行動をしたり、「それは考えが足りない」などと指摘したりはしません。すると、彼らのほうでも心を開いてくれます。その人が救われるためには、私はどんな人に対しても同じ立場に立とうと心がけています。(23)これは福音を伝えるためであり、また、キリストの救いに導かれる彼らを見て、私自身も祝福を受けるためなのです。 Choice 3 – To risk it all for what is right? (Ester 4:14) 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? (エステル4:14 JCB)もしも、この事態をおまえがそしらぬ顔で見ているなら、神様は別の人を用いてユダヤ人をお救いになるだろう。だが、おまえとおまえの一族は必ず滅びることになるのだ。神様がおまえを王妃となさったのは、もしかすると、この時のためかもしれない。」 (Ester 4:16b) When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish. (エステル4:16b)そのあと、国禁を犯してでも陛下にお目にかかるつもりです。そのために死ななければならないのでしたら、いさぎよく死にましょう。」 Great Choices lead to great outcomes 素晴らしい選択が素晴らしい結果に繋がる She got a great marriage, family, respect, God’s favour on her whole life. Questions and Prayer: Are we living with a winning attitude? Are we willing to give up personal options for the Kingdom of God Are we willing to do what is right in God’s eyes? Let’s Pray