Last Saturday was just about as close to Heaven on earth as is possible for me. A group from our church had the opportunity to visit Medieval Times near Atlanta, GA. For those of you who are not familiar with it, Medieval Times is a dinner show that showcases knights in full costume on horseback, demonstrating the various events of the times. There was a jousting tournament, a game of rings, sword fighting, falcon training, dancing horses and so much more. Words just cannot describe the experience. You had to be there to appreciate how exciting it was. . .especially for a certain redhead who loves all things medieval.
To top it all off, someone in our group (though no one will admit who) made the arrangements for me to receive my royal title from the king himself. Yes, I was called forward to stand before the king who placed his sword on one shoulder then the next and dubbed me "Lady Dana, Princess of the Realm." Me, a princess? I smiled so much that, by the end of the day, my face hurt. I honestly can't remember the last time I had been so excited and had so much fun.
But as I lay in bed that night recalling the day's events, I wondered why every day isn't filled with such joy. After all, I've been a princess for over thirty years now. As a child, I asked Jesus to save me, and I immediately became a child of the King, which makes me royalty. So, when did I lose that excitement? When did being an heir to the kingdom of Heaven become a "ho-hum" affair? I get to stand before my King each and every day, as much as I want, for as long as I want. So why doesn't that cause me to grin from ear to ear like I did on Saturday?
For those of us who are saved, may we never forget what that salvation cost us. And may we never lose sight of how exciting it is to be children of the King. Each day should be a new cause for celebration, an exciting opportunity to serve our Father and King. A chance to thrive, not merely survive.
So I ask you, my lords and ladies, when was the last time your royal standing caused you to grin until your face hurt? It's something worth thinking about today.
Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? - James 2:5