This is the third week in the Esther series., and I hope you’ve been enjoying it. Since the goal is to learn from a story…. I think it’s about time we introduced some other characters at this point. Today, we will talk about one powerful man, Haman.
In case you’re wondering why I chose such a title, I’d tell you a very brief story that it’s related to. You see, one of the first pieces of advice one of my brothers gave me was that I shouldn’t be a Dinosaur. With this, he meant that I shouldn’t be resistant to change and always work at being a better version of myself.
Last week, I talked about asking the appropriate questions (read that here). It’s alright that you’ve asked your questions, but what do you do when you get answers to those questions? Do you embrace new challenges or do you just keep boasting of your past achievements and refuse to do better? One of my sisters goes on and on about not wanting to be a local champion (don’t get her started on this), and I completely agree with her. Yes, you’re doing better than your peers. Good for you!! However, there are two things you should consider doing in this situation: help others who are still struggling with what you’ve overcome and get ready for the next challenge.
This brings us to the story of Haman. Haman was such a vain person that he felt the need to recount his achievements to his wife and close friends. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you shouldn’t be proud of your accomplishments, I’m just saying you should be careful about how that affects your behavior, especially towards people who still need some help. It’s good to acknowledge your efforts in achieving some things, but remember that you also had the help of God and the help of some people. Don’t go about boasting to people about the things you have achieved instead of boasting in God who made it possible.
Despite Haman’s position in the palace and all the wealth he had amassed, he was still an unhappy man. He felt threatened by someone who held no position in the kingdom… well apart from being related to the queen, and that didn’t really matter. Refusing to grow beyond your current level leads to insecurity. It actually gives people a reason to explain to everyone what they have been up to because it makes them feel important. The truth is, I’ve had those moments too. When I just want to go on and on about how much I accomplished and I end up just talking about me. That doesn’t make for much of a conversation actually. Right now as I reflect on those moments, I realize that it must have been really painful to hear someone go on and on about themselves. But upon further reflection, I saw the Haman in me and had to stop doing that. I became a better listener as a result of that reflection. I guess what I’m trying to say is that you shouldn’t limit the kind of things you need to work on. The little things are important too.
I love the way the GNT puts it…. Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do. Whatever else you get, get insight (Proverbs 4:7). I mean, challenge yourself every time. This is as much for you as it is for me.
Haman became a local champion just because he was already favored by the king. That was more than enough for him so he reminded anyone who cared to listen how even the queen invited him to a banquet meant for the king. With all his properties, he still felt unfulfilled. You may ask- does this mean I can still be unhappy if I’m wealthy? Doesn’t money answer to all things? Shouldn’t I be proud of myself when I have worked so hard to get everything I have? Well, there are answers to all three questions- it is absolutely possible to remain unhappy even if you’re very rich. Remember, when the Lord blesses you with riches, you have nothing to regret (Proverbs 10:22). It is only if you acknowledge God as the source of your wealth that you can be happy with your wealth. Secondly, money does answer to a lot of things you want but it can never feel the void of the space meant for God. Lastly, you should be absolutely proud of the hard work you put into your success, but celebrate yourself while giving the glory to God.
I guess the reason we have goals and resolutions for each year is that we have plans for where we should be every time. I doubt if those resolutions revolve around being in the same position every year. So… you also work hard at being a better you EVERY DAY. We all have plans of making the world a better place, but that’s to no effect if you changed the world and you remain the same.