After Esther had become queen, one day Mordecai found out that two officers of the King, namely Bigthana and Teresh, had conspired to assassinate the King. Mordecai quickly told Queen Esther who in turn reported it to the King. “But Mordecai found out about the plot and told Queen Esther, who in turn reported it to the king, giving credit to Mordecai” (2:22, NIV).

We see here that Esther did not report to the King as though she was the source of the information. Rather, she mentioned the name of Mordecai who fed her with the information. Because Esther mentioned Mordecai’s name to the King, God through it saved Mordecai from death. In Esther 6:1-3, the King went through the records of his reign. There he found out that Mordecai once saved his life and inquired what had been done for him.

Giving recognition to people who in one way or the other have contributed to a just cause or contributed to your success is very necessary as Christians. It is sometimes unfortunate that when people get to their destinations, they forget those who helped them to get there. This is not a good habit.

Let us as believers, try to acknowledge people who contribute to our success in life and appreciate them. Even in Academia, it is a crime called ‘plagiarism’ to use someone’s material or idea without acknowledging the source.