Have you ever met some children display such great confidence? And then you wonder, who raised this child?
Have you ever met a child or teenager whose sound character and values leaves you speechless? And then you ask, who are your parents?
I once sat with a group of people having a conversation and I gave a totally different viewpoint while others toed a particular train of thought. I was only reflecting some things I learnt from home and this made me look different.
Someone once told me about a teenager who stood out in an entire class. The teacher commented that this teenager was so mature and different in her approach. People noticed and it stood her apart in the crowd. And somebody raised her right.
There was a young girl named Esther in the Bible. She rose from being an orphan to becoming a queen in her time. She is perhaps remembered for one of the most profound statements in the bible, “If I perish, I perish.”
She spoke these words when she was about to go in to meet the King in a time when it was forbidden to do so.
She damned all the consequences and went in because she had to fight to save her people.
Her uncle had earlier told her that if she did nothing to fight for her people, deliverance will arise from another place and that she and her father’s house will be destroyed.
This young woman found her purpose in the words that her uncle spoke to her. She steps into her purpose and fights to save and preserve the lives and generation of her people.
And yes, she did.
But she was an orphan who was raised by her uncle Mordecai. This parent figure in her life had put a lot of passion into raising a child that was not his.
He taught her obedience, he checked up on her always and he challenged her to stand up always and fight for a good cause.
What was it about Esther that commanded favour?
What was it that moved Esther from unknown to a person of influence in her generation?
Think about the man who raised her.
3 LESSONS FROM A PARENT NAMED MORDECAI
1. You must always check up on your children. Continue reading