Serving Where God Places Us

    In the eleventh century, King Henry III of Bavaria grew tired of

    court life and the pressures of being a monarch. So, he made

    application to Prior Richard at a local monastery, asking to be

    accepted as a contemplative and spend the rest of his life in the

    monastery. "Your Majesty," said Prior Richard, "do you understand

    that the pledge here is one of obedience? That will be hard because

    you have been a king." "I understand," said Henry. "The rest of my

    life I will be obedient to you, as Christ leads you." "Then I will tell you

    what to do," said Prior Richard. "Go back to your throne and serve

    faithfully in the place where God has put you." When King Henry

    died, a statement was written: "The King learned to rule by being

    obedient." When we tire of our roles and responsibilities, it helps to

    remember God has planted us in a certain place and told us to be a

    good accountant or teacher or mother or father. Christ expects us to

    be faithful where he puts us, and when he returns, we'll rule together

    with Him.

[ Steve Brown -- from 'Aiken Drum' ]


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