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Your King

Long ago, a band of musicians lived in a faraway land. They traveled from town to town singing and playing their music in hopes of making a living. They had not been doing well financially, however. Times were hard and the common people had little money to spend on concerts, even though their fee was small.

The group met one evening to discuss their situation. "I see no reason for opening tonight," one said. "It's snowing and no one will come out on a night like this."

Another said, "I agree. Last night we performed for just a handful. Even fewer will come tonight."

The leader of the band responded, "I know you are discouraged. I am too, but we have a responsibility to those who might come. We will go on, and we will do the best job we are capable of doing. It is not the fault of those who come that others do not. They should not be punished with less than our best."

Encouraged by his words, the musicians gave their best performance ever. After the show, the leader called his group back together again. In his hand was a note, handed to him by one of the audience members just before the doors closed behind him. Slowly the man read, "Thank you for a beautiful performance." It was signed simply, "Your King."

Everything we do, everywhere we go and everything we say should be done in a way as though our King is in the audience... for He is! He should never get less than the best we have to offer. Sure, there are times when we get discouraged and wonder if what we are doing is making a difference to anyone, including ourselves. But, what we have to remember is that we are not performing for men, we are performing for God. I Corinthians 10:31 states, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God " How are you doing?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward