Esther 6:2 And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus.
Remembering to say thanks as well as recognizing and rewarding good work is one way to keep good people in your corner. King Ahasuerus forgot to recognize and reward Mordecai for stopping an assassination plot against his life in Esther 2:21-23 and in the end promoted the wrong person: the wicked Haman. God being a just God, would not allow Mordecai’s good work to go unnoticed, and so the same night that Haman was planning to ask for Mordecai to be hanged God intervened and caused King Ahasuerus to be unable to fall asleep. It was then that he asked for the book of the records to be brought to him and upon its review, he was reminded of what Mordecai had done and that nothing was done for him. It was then that Mordecai received the recognition and reward that he well deserved.
You are not doing others a favor when you recognize and reward them for the positive contribution that they have made to your life; you are actually doing yourself a favor. Doing so helps you to maintain good relationships and favor with those who have supported you in the past. Additionally, recognizing and rewarding good work serves to remind you of people in your life who you should keep close to you. It was only after King Ahasuerus reminded himself of the deeds of Mordecai that it became clear in his mind that Mordecai was someone that he needed to keep close. As a result, after Naman was hanged, Mordecai was made the King’s right hand man.
Life Application: Purposely create a journal to keep track of those who have been good to you and endeavor to recognize and reward them at the earliest opportunity.
Prayer: Lord, help me not to forget the good that others have done. Help me to remain grateful and reward them as you direct. In Jesus’ name, amen.