Daily D – Esther 5:9
Esther 5:9 Haman was a happy man as he left the banquet! But when he saw Mordecai sitting at the palace gate, not standing up or trembling nervously before him, Haman became furious. (NLT)
Pride that demands others kneel is only a step or two removed from pride that kills. Sacrificing others to amplify an inflated ego does not enlarge a leader’s value. Instead, it diminishes leadership trust. Inspiring fear results in degraded degrees of loyalty and cooperation.
Today is a Tuesday following a holiday focused on remembering. It was a day to recall the lessons of freedom. Self-rule will not work without self-discipline. Democracy dies when too many seek their own highest good without reverence or respect for the highest good of others.
Those who want to rule the world and force compliance never mind enforcing their power with other people’s blood, sweat, and tears. Those who want to protect the world from evil incarnate take their stand to protect others. They give blood, toil, sweat, and tears (Thank you, Winston Churchill.) It’s a big job to reign in megalomaniacs.
We enjoy the freedoms we do today because of those we brought to conscious awareness yesterday.
True power is not found in making others tremble. True power inspires confidence and courage to act with responsibility and respect toward all people everywhere and to seek their highest good in all things at all times.
Follow leaders who inspire trust. Flee from leaders who demand obedience.
I will work toward relationships of trust and inspiration.
Our Father, you alone deserve my full allegiance and obedience. You seek everyone’s highest good in all things at all times. Your perfect love drives out all fear. We remember how Jesus laid down his life for his friends. His death and resurrection secured our freedom to become all you ever dreamed we would be. Empower us today to reflect your character and to lead ourselves and others with integrity. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”