Last week I was sitting at the kitchen table and I had a moment where I said "God, I want to hear from you. I'm going to Esther and I want to know what you have to say to me."
Immediately my eyes fell on a verse in Esther I'd highlighted a long time ago:
Esther 2:20 "But Esther had kept secret her family background and nationality just as Mordecai had told her to do, for she continued to follow Mordecai's instructions as she had done when he was bringing her up."
This struck me because I've seen so many people begin to walk in to their blessing and then they quit doing what made them successful. I've seen honors students get a full scholarship and maintain only the minimum to keep their scholarship.
I've seen writers get published and stop studying the craft.
I've seen business people neglect customer service once they become profitable enterprises.
I don't want to fall in that trap. In the verse God led me to we see Esther who has found the favor of a powerful king. She took wise counsel and listened to the advice of her uncle as well as the man in charge of the harem.
Once she became Queen she didn't think she could 'go it alone'. She still listened to wise counsel.
Then the time came where her obedience put her in an uncomfortable place. Obedience isn't always fun but it DOES always promise great rewards.
In our writing there are times where we have to take advice. There are also times where we have to do things that make us uncomfortable [for many people that is marketing].
Take the example of Esther.
She's one smart Chick!
Tiffany Colter is a writer, speaker and writing career coach who works with beginner to published writers. She can be reached through her website at www.WritingCareerCoach.com
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