KINGS AND QUEENS

Activated - - NEWS - By Keith Phillips

Some years ago there was a pop­u­lar song about right­ing all the wrongs in the world. I don’t re­mem­ber all the words, but the gist of it was “If I were king of the world, I would do things dif­fer­ently.” There would be no more war, or hate, or suf­fer­ing, or any of the other evils that plague our planet.

It was a no­ble thought, at least on the sur­face, but it failed to take into con­sid­er­a­tion one im­por­tant fac­tor: God has given each of us free will, free choice. In that sense, we are each “kings of the world.” We may not rule over the whole world or be able to make a vis­i­ble im­pact on the grand scheme of things, but it is given to us to rule our own per­sonal world. Depend­ing on how well we do at that, we may then be able to have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the world around us.

As kings and queens we have both do­min­ion and re­spon­si­bil­ity. Queen Elizabeth I of Eng­land said, “To 1. Ro­mans 3:23 2. See Matthew 19:26; Philip­pi­ans 4:13. be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glo­ri­ous to them that see it than it is pleas­ant to them that bear it.” In other words, it’s not al­ways easy to rule, espe­cially not wisely and righ­teously.

In fact, if you will take an hon­est look at your realm, I think you will re­al­ize that it’s hu­manly im­pos­si­ble to al­ways rule well. You can’t al­ways get it right, nor can you ex­pect those around you to. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory [per­fec­tion] of God.”

1 But the good news is that al­though we can’t do it, God can and wants to do it through us. That is not to say

2 that we will be per­fect from one moment to the next, but moment by moment He will give us the love, hu­mil­ity, wis­dom, un­der­stand­ing, and ev­ery­thing else we need to “rule righ­teously” if we ask Him to.

There are no great things, only small things done with great love.— Mother Teresa (1910–1997) Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the peo­ple you can. As long as ever you can.— John Wes­ley (1703–1791) Keith Phillips was Ac­ti­vated’s edi­tor-in-chief for 14 years from 1999 to 2013. He and his wife Caryn now work with the home­less in the U.S.A .

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