A Sense of Duty
The events of this royal spring have led me to reflect on the rather
outworn concept of duty. Time after time, the Windsors have turned
daunting prospects into successes because of their strong sense of
You see it in George VI, forced by unexpected circumstances to
lead a nation through some of its darkest days. He rose to the
occasion, and through hard work and dedication became the
monarch his people needed.
In her 21st birthday speech, the current queen said, â€œMy whole
life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.â
€� She has persevered through the vicissitudes of a 60-year reign
to emerge a popular and respected figure.
â€œDuty is its own reward," Prince Andrew explains. "She is very
religious, but she is also philosophical. She feels she must do the job
she has been given and that it will be for others to judge whether she
As Christians, all of us are royalty, children of the king of Kings. As
such, we have dutiesâ€”to God, to ourselves, to our families, to our
employers, and to the people around us.
We owe God our lives and all we have. We give him our
allegiance, our obedience, and our best efforts at service. We owe
it to ourselves to live lives of integrity, of single-minded devotion to
all that is good and true. We owe it to our families to love and
cherish each one. We owe it to our employers to work hard and
effectively. And we owe it to those around us to treat them as weâ
€™d like to be treated.
May we do our duty with wisdom, compassion and faithfulness.
"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a
people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:
Thereâ€™s a big difference between our fairy-tale concept of
kings, queens and princesses and the hard work of continuing to do
our duty and fulfill our responsibilities to God and those around us.
May the events of this royal spring cause us to reconsider our own
sense of duty.
Queen Elizabeth hosts numerous
events--from garden parties to state
She is titular head of the
Church of England.