It is a matter of stewardship–recognizing that what God gives me (talent, health, opportunity, friendship) is not for selfish purpose but for service. “Who knows whether you have attained to royalty for such a time as this” says Mordecai to Esther. (Esther 4:14) He begs her to consider the underlying purpose of God in the events of her life.(including the tragedies). Her status and station are for something. Do we ever stop to view our own lives through the same filter? Is life just a succession of coincidences? Or, has God given us “talents” (cf Matt 25) and experiences that give unique opportunities for Kingdom service? “I am a debtor” said the Apostle Paul in the classic New Testament expression of this idea. What God has given me is a “gift” that I am obligated to “use”. What would life be like, how would we pray, if we felt the same?