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I try to filter carefully what I say in public forums because I’m a pastor’s wife. It’s not because I’m fake or that I want people to think I’m perfect. It’s just that I’m well-aware that my “position” comes with a certain amount of influence and responsibility, and I try hard not to embarrass Jesus or my husband. But I admit that sometimes I feel so strongly about what others say or do that it almost kills me to keep my thoughts to myself.

“Just let it go,” I tell myself. “Don’t stir the pot.”

Recently, I was reading about Esther in the Bible and felt a pang of conviction in her story. I mean, talk about a woman with influence! With her beauty, Esther won the heart of cold, ruthless King Xerxes and then used her unique position to save her people, the Jews. Esther knew that speaking up on behalf of her people might invoke the king’s wrath and get her killed. Yet, what was her response?

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I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

– Esther 4:16, NIV

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Esther knew the value of advocacy, and she was willing to risk everything to use her position of influence to protect those who needed her. What about you? I urge you, friends, in these important times, not to sit on your power or pocket your influence. Don’t miss an opportunity to glorify God by speaking up in order to do what’s right.

Who needs your advocacy today?

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Emma-ReynoldsEmma Reynolds
Southern Field Director

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