Duty

Soldier StatuesThat which is expected or required of us by moral or legal obligation

The reward of one’s duty is the power to fulfill another.  George Eliot

To me there is no duty we so much underrated as the duty of being happy. Robert L Stevenson

For of those to whom much is given, much is required. John F Kennedy

       A strong sense of duty is expected from those in the military, law enforcement and firefighters. Mostly they are seriously committed to a purpose that leads and inspires them. They have a common devotion to a moral compass, a cause or a purpose.  Their sense of dedicated obligation provides a framework and a determination for maintaining a strong focus and a resolute reason for doing what they do. Having such a sense of direction and defined purpose provides them a focused path to live by. We would do well to follow their example.

   What is our purpose and why are we here? It is a profound mystery for many. Is it for a reason or is it a random event that had no planned beginning and finally comes to an absolute and finite end? There is no definitive hard evidence that proves that we are here for any purpose. Those believing in something bigger tend to display a sense of duty to “something”. This duty may be real or imagined. It can be secular or based on spiritual beliefs or precepts. To believe in something, to live for and be committed to it provides more reason for trying harder than for those who have no such beliefs to compel or inspire them.  

   We accomplish more in life by having a sense of commitment and obligation to a higher calling. It is our moral duty to make our lives count for something. For those who believe in “nothing”, they have nothing to inspire or to encourage them. They are born, exist, and they die. It is a tragedy every time a life ends and a person’s life amounted to and accounted for so little of their potential. As we think back to “report card days”, they would have gotten an “x” or “F” for not reaching their potential. They were here, lived and died, but missed much.   

    As members of the human race we have a high moral calling to try to live up to our potential. We need to believe in something, commit to something, and to work toward something. It is our duty to make ourselves the best we can become and to make the world a little better. It is important for us to make our lives count toward something and to do what we can to make a difference. It does make our lives much more worthwhile.

Challenge: Make a list of things you are committed to and have a duty to. Do these things inspire you? The more you are inspired, the more energy and enthusiasm you have to fulfill your duty. If you do not have a sense of inspiration, perhaps you need something new to commit to or need to re-evaluate your priorities. Something in your life that inspires and energizes you is needed. How about committing to becoming a better person?

Wisdom:All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope. Winston Churchill

Spiritual: (NIV)

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs :6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           If

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

It is probably a true statement to say that everyone is looking for something to believe in. People get caught up in fads, causes, cults, and all kinds of misguided attempts to add meaning and purpose to their life. If what the Bible tells us is true, any life that does not have God at its core is destined for failure. We were designed by God and for the purpose of having an ongoing and joyful fellowship with him. Many are looking in the wrong places.

Prayer: I am increasingly learning that I cannot reach my potential without your help. Please help me! 

 

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