Lacey Smith

Influencing Others

In Uncategorized on September 2, 2011 at 3:35 pm

In my post on Tuesday, I talked about Esther and her incredible courage. I shared how her example was a message for me and, I thought, for all of us. I said I believed that we all are here right now because God needs us here right now and that we have a responsibility to act.

I also briefly mentioned Mordecai. He was as influential in the story as Esther was.

Although Esther was the one who went before the king, Mordecai encouraged her every step along the way. It was his voice that gave Esther strength.

But Mordecai was making important choices long before that to allow Esther to be in that position.

He took her in after her parents died and cared for her, set an example and then spoke up when he had to.

Although Ester ultimately took the steps that saved her people, she would not have done it without Mordecai.

Sometimes we all feel like we are doing things that don’t matter. We are making the choices we feel like we are supposed to, and yet we are seeing no results.

Some people are planters and some are reapers. You don’t always know what your example or actions are leading to.

I think my parents felt that way sometimes. What they gave me is priceless, and I know sometimes they still feel like they failed.  So many people feel that way.

Maybe you don’t feel like you’re failing. Maybe you just feel like it really doesn’t matter. No one sees you. No one hears you. You don’t matter.

You are wrong.

Every  time you speak, every time you act, someone takes notice, even if that someone is “just” God. You efforts may be tiny, but they are of great importance.

I found this quote while I was preparing for Restoring Courage:

“I long to accomplish a great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

– Helen Keller

Maybe you are Esther. If you do not stand, what a cost we all will pay.

Maybe you are not Esther. Maybe you are Mordecai. And again, although you may not be directly responsible for saving your people, if you do not stand, neither will Esther.

Maybe you are not Esther and not Mordecai. Maybe you are one of the hundreds of Jews who prayed and faster for Esther to give her strength.

Perhaps your role is tiny, but it is no less important.

Please stand. Please speak. Please act. You are important. Your role is invaluable. We can’t do it without you.

You may never know what influence you are having, but speaking out or staying silent, you affect others.

It’s time to do more than vote. Choose to be Mordecai. Do the right thing. You may save the world.

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