This WORLD needs leaders. We need people who will take a stand for integrity, justice and treating people with respect. It is easy to go out and interact with people everyday and do just what needs to be done or to go after goals that only affect yourself.
This morning I was reading about Esther and when Mordecai relayed to her that Haman was going to kill their people. She didn’t waste too much time ruminating what to do. She showed wisdom in fasting and praying and then went directly to the king who could have killed her. No one was allowed to come into his presence without being killed unless he lowered a golden scepter. She approached the king and fortunately, he allowed her to live. She didn’t hesitate to risk her life to save her people.
When Nehemiah heard that the survivors of the Jewish people living in Jerusalem were in distress and the wall of Jerusalem was broken down and falling apart, he did not waste much time but began to pray and fast. He mourned for his people. His personality became so downcast that his boss, the king asked him what was wrong and he told him. He then asked the king if he could go to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. He took action for his people. He was one of the men who organized the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. He left his cup bearing job in a palace and became a leader.
When David ran supplies to his brothers at the war front and he found out a giant Philistine was threatening the army, he didn’t hesitate to find out more details and offered to take on the giant himself. When the armor provided to him didn’t fit him right, he shrugged it off and picked up some stones and his sling shot and took down the giant quickly. He wasn’t even in the army. He didn’t wait to be promoted. He took the opportunity in front of him to do the right thing and destroy the enemy.
To walk and interact with others with integrity is a choice. It’s a good choice. Sometimes this requires us to grow or to learn how to think differently from the pack mentality, but if we ask God, He will help us to do this and show us how to do it in any situation we find ourselves in. This is how the world changes for real. One person at a time.