It’s Good to be a King

The following is a story from The Christophers’ “Three Minutes a Day” book, Volume 47 (Volume 48 will be available in October):

Frederick the Great of Prussia was walking along a road on the outskirts of Berlin one day when he accidentally brushed against a very old man.

“Who are you?” Frederick asked out of idle curiosity as the two came to a halt.

“I am a king,” the old man answered.

“A king?” echoed Frederick. “Over what kingdom do you reign?”

“Over myself,” was the proud reply. “I rule myself because I control myself. I am my own subject to command.”

All of us can be kings, in the sense of the old man’s words. But how many of us actually are? Instead of being in command, we often let ourselves be ruled by the tyrants of temper, laziness, or passion.

We can’t hope to influence others if we are, as the common expression puts it, “not ourselves.” And we can only be ourselves by controlling ourselves.

Strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)

Give me the wisdom and spiritual strength to make wise decisions, Father.

About Tony Rossi

After graduating from St. John's University in New York with degrees in Communications and English, Tony Rossi found a job at the Catholic media organization, The Christophers, that allowed him to indulge his interest in religion, media, and pop culture. He served as The Christophers' TV producer for 11 years, and is currently the host and producer of the organization's radio show/podcast Christopher Closeup, writer and editor of their syndicated Light One Candle column, and producer/scriptwriter of the annual Christopher Awards ceremony.