An eleventh century German king, Henry III, grew tired of ruling. He applied to a monastery to spend the rest of his life in quiet contemplation. The prior asked if he, a king, could live out a vow of complete obedience. "I will," said the king. "Then you are accepted. Your first duty is to return to your throne and serve faithfully where God has placed you."

(Turning Point Daily Devotional, 10/22/03)