“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain. . .I do not know which to choose.” (Phil. 1:21-22) The Apostle Paul and Queen Esther had arrived at the same place– a calm heart in the face of death. “If I perish, I perish” were her words. It was a possibility that she could not control and would not worry about. She would concentrate on doing what was right and leave the outcome to God. Most of us would greatly benefit from a similar release. The Bible speaks of people who “through fear of death are subject to slavery all their lives” (Hebrews 2:15) It is tragic, being so afraid of death that we are afraid to live. Friend, as you pray today, will you surrender to the Lord the length of life? Will you leave the decision in His hands and find the strength that comes as “daily bread”? Never finding life is far worse than dying. Ask Esther.