The Righteous Warrior – Risk Factor
Key Bible Verse: “I will go into to see the king. If I must die, I am willing to die.” – Esther 4:16
Bonus Reading: Esther 4:5-17
Speaking out carries a risk. But sometimes not speaking out carries the greater risk of violating one’s integrity. Bill, a division manager of a Fortune 500 company, faced such a choice. He was deeply concerned about succession plans at his company. The man who’d been groomed to be the next CEO had failed to gain the respect of several senior people in the company, including Bill.
After soul-searching and prayer, Bill decided he must take his concerns to the current CEO, a forceful, and at times volatile, leader. To his relief, the meeting went remarkably well. Bill’s years of effective service, coming up through the ranks, had earned his boss’s admiration. But the seed of caution planted was only a first step. It took more analysis, more meetings—some confrontational and most requiring Bill’s direct involvement—and ultimately a board no-confidence vote.
In the end, another leader was appointed, a person who brought the right balance of competence, knowledge of the company, and rapport with others. In the years since the decision, he’s proved to be an ideal CEO. Bill, with great courage, grace, and tact, had quietly guided his company through its most critical decision moving into the twenty-first century.
—John Beckett in Mastering Monday
My Response: How can I build credibility now that could give me a future hearing?
Thought to Apply: Moral courage is the rarest ingredient of character.—Felix Frankfurter (U.S. Supreme Court justice)
Adapted from Mastering Monday (InterVarsity, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: Give me the courage, Lord, to take a bold stand for truth and justice, even when it’s risky.