The story of Esther in the Bible shows us what a powerful “Yes” it was for Esther to courageously accept the assignment to save her people and a nation.
Her “Yes” opened up doors of favor for her with the King, exposed Haman’s plot, and saved many people.
Her “Yes” was risky – but worth it!
But not so fast …
We seem to skim right over Queen Vashti who was just as courageous in her “No” that ultimately cost her everything.
She didn’t want to be paraded around for her beauty to her husband and his drunken friends anymore. She didn’t want to just be seen as a “pretty face” or an “object of desire” anymore. She would rather be driven out because she refused to display her lovely face and figure before the lustful eyes of drunken men.
She was willing to give up everything in her “No” to not feel cheapened and unworthy anymore.
Her defiance in her “No” cost her the crown, but she didn’t cater to the vanity and sensuality of drunkards.
She courageously sacrificed a kingdom.
Rather than lower her values of modesty and worth she courageously accepted disgrace and dismissal.
Ultimately she won in her “No” as she sat in that drunken court that day and remain seated and refused to dance-even at the King’s command.
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. –Winston Churchill
We all have #DivineCourage
We all can answer #ACallToValor
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~ XXOO Michelle Bollom