A man like Mordecai-Part 2
Sometimes it’s for the cash and food
But there’s so much more…
Sometimes it’s for the happy faces
Still so much more…
What then is more?
My food is to do the will of Him that sent me……
AND TO FINISH IT!
Pray for me, please!!!
I recently watched a video of how ‘African mothers’ apologize without saying ‘sorry’. The piece above is two-fold, an apology for keeping you salivating on the long-awaited ‘A man like Mordecai- Part 2’ and a prayer for us all to keep doing the will of God. I learned so much from studying the character Mordecai from the book of Esther, and I can’t wait to share some more with you.
For a more meaningful background to this, look up part 1- A man like Mordecai
Every day he walked back and forth near the courtyard of the harem to find out how Esther was and what was happening to her. (Esther 2:11)
- Monitoring spirit- yay or nay?
I kid you not; I don’t know how monitoring spirit entered the conversation. It must be that I noticed how Mordecai was monitoring Esther’s progress when she was in the harem with the other maidens receiving her beauty treatments. Remember how in part 1 we discussed how Mordecai saw caring for Esther as an assignment? Well, I’m taking it a notch higher by bringing to your attention that it did not end here- he followed through with the assignment! I’m currently doing a Monitoring and Evaluation course, and I’m getting greater insight as to how important it is to monitor and evaluate whatever has been handed over to us. This is not a piece of cake though, but it has to be done. We need to make adjustments to move forward. We need not be satisfied with same ol’ same ol’. And you don’t do this alone; you’ve got a helper, the Allos Parakletos, constantly reminding you that you can be and do so much more. A little discomfort for a more comfortable place is what it is. So yes, it’s not that kind of monitoring spirit that we bind and cast that I’m referring to.
- Be an Encourager!
No to stalking but yes to being that encourager. Do you see what Mordecai did right there? This one’s coming back to haunt me, but I’ll mention it anyway- when last did you check on your people? Loved ones are probably rolling their eyes at me now because “…she never calls us …” So we resolve to change my people! But really let’s check on each other. It doesn’t matter that there were so many other girls in the place; it can be lonely being in a strange place in an already strange land. Oh, she needed someone to check on her, to tell her- you’ll be fine; there’s a plan, there’s a purpose here! Beloved, I know you need someone to tell you this but do this too. Thank God for the Holy Spirit- He’s better than any friend and also watch how he places people in your lives. Sometimes, you are the iron sharpening another, and other times you are the iron being sharpened.
15 When the turn came for Esther (the young woman Mordecai had adopted, the daughter of his uncle Abihail) to go to the king, she asked for nothing other than what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the harem, suggested. And Esther won the favor of everyone who saw her. 16 She was taken to King Xerxes in the royal residence in the tenth month, the month of Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign. (Esther 2: 15-16)
- Impact is screaming!
I wondered why it was emphasized in this particular verse that Mordecai had adopted Esther. Then I had my eureka moment! Esther could ask for anything she wanted, but ‘a man like Mordecai’ who adopted and trained her had an effect on her choice. Everyone has people that they influence, consciously or unconsciously. People look up to us. People are impacted by us. When we interact with others in one way or the other, we rub off on them. Bro, sis, I don’t know what you think of yourself, but yes, you are that important in your sphere so please do it right. Someone is going to make the right decisions because you said or did something. Cheers to wisdom as you make the right contributions to this world!
- Imprinting is a thing too…
In the same vein, I’m doffing my hat to you if you’re saying right now, “You can’t give what you don’t have!” So true! Who has their imprint on you to determine what you say or do before we talk about being an influencer which by the way is going on without you realizing it. The man Mordecai, as we see already was some special kind of man in his generation. You can be that too by God’s grace. I love that Philippians 2:13 reminds us that it is God who is at work in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Who’s at work in you? Your answer will determine your output and your outcome.
What a journey through ‘A man like Mordecai’ and we have not reached the destination yet! This means part 3 is up next. I get a lot of feedback on how these blog posts have been a blessing to you- so heartwarming! Keep contributing here as well so that other readers can be blessed. See you in PART 3!