In the book entitled, "God's Little Devotion Book for Students", the following story is relayed:

    Long ago, a band of minstrels 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 plight.  "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 troupe 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 that 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."

    Heartened by his words, the minstrels gave their best performance ever. After the show, the old man called his troupe to him 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."

    The apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."  Everything we do on this earth should be done as if God Himself were the benefactor of our efforts.  Our King is with us each day, so let us live our lives for Christ not as a performance, but genuinely out of Christian love.


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