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.
Esther 2:20 (NIV)
While roughly 60% of Canadians stated in a recent poll held by the hiring website Workopolis that they believe knowing multiple languages is still essential, this group is fairly evenly split between those who feel that English and French are vital and those who feel that knowing multiple languages is important, but not necessarily French. When asked the question to Quebecers specifically, the results were quite different. 75% of respondents reported that bilingualism — knowing English and French — is necessary for career success. Currently, 8.8% of Canadian job postings on Workopolis require candidates to be fluent in both official languages. Spanish was the most commonly requested other language than French in Canadian job postings.
Good counsel is a great blessing in make wise decisions. The best leaders understand this and gather around them wise, knowledgeable and experienced people to give them advice. There is a great Biblical example of this is the life of Esther. The young Jewish woman is chosen to be the wife of Xerxes, king of Persia. Meanwhile, a plot to eliminate the Jews is underway and God has Esther in her position as queen for just such a time as this. Esther 2:20 says, “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.” Mordecai’s advice had always been wise and correct and Esther had shown her own wisdom in heeding his advice. What decision are you facing right now? Whose advice and counsel can you turn to at this point? It needs to be someone who is a follower of Jesus and has a Biblical worldview. They can be Mordecai to you.
These have been words from the heart.