19 And now I, Zeniff, after having told all these things unto my people concerning the Lamanites, I did stimulate them to go to battle with their might, putting their trust in the Lord; therefore, we did contend with them, face to face.
A great leader can inspire other people to do their very best.
Zeniff had led a group of people from the land of Zarahemla to the land of their first inheritance, which is where their enemies, the Lamanites, lived. The king of the Lamanites agreed to let Zeniff and his people move into the cities of Lehi-Nephi and Shilom. However, he had an ulterior motive: he wanted to make them slaves.
After thirteen years, the Lamanites attacked, but Zeniff and his people were able to defend themselves. Nine years later, the Lamanites attacked again. In preparation for this second battle, Zeniff recounted to the people the history of the division between the Lamanites and the Nephites. Then, as he says in the passage above, he “did stimulate them to go to battle with their might, putting their trust in the Lord.” They were once again successful in driving out the Lamanite army. Zeniff’s words were critical to their success in battle. He energized them by reminding them what they were fighting for.
Today, I will remember the potential power of my words in motivating others to do great and important work. I will remind the people around me of the big picture: what we are trying to accomplish and why. I will energize them by speaking with confidence of the positive outcomes we can achieve together with the right level of effort and enthusiasm.