A king had a newly constructed highway built for all the members of his kingdom. After it was completed, and before he opened it to the pubic, the king decided to have a contest. He invited as many as desired to participate. Their challenge was to see who could travel the highway, in the most creative and best way possible.
On the day of the contest, many people came hoping to impress the king. Some of them had fine clothing, fine hairdos and great food. People traveled the new highway all day long -- but each of them, when they arrived at the end, all had a complaint to share with the king. They all grumbled and told him that there was a large pile of rocks and debris left on the road at one spot and that this got in their way and slowed their travel time.
At the end of the day, a lone traveler crossed the finish line warily and then walked over to the king. He was tired and dirty, but he addressed the king with great respect and handed him a bag of gold.
He explained, "I stopped along the way to clear a pile of rocks and rubble that was blocking a good portion of the highway. This bag of gold was under it all and I thought you would be able to return it to the rightful owner."
The king sat up and with a noble smile informed the traveler, "You sir, are the rightful owner." The man quickly replied, "Oh no, this is not mine, sir. I've never known such money."
"Oh yes," said the king, "You've earned this gold and you have won my contest. You see my good sir, He who travels the road best -- is he who makes the road smoother for those who will follow."
If we have received Christ as our Lord and Savior -- if we have allowed His spirit to reign in our lives and if we are striving to do His will -- we will have a heart for others. We will care for... and about the needs of those who we come in contact with.
Christ wants nothing more than for us to love each other as He has loved us. It's time to step aside and not push our way to the front. It's time to be silent and not sweet-talk our way to the top. It's time for someone else to get ahead and it's time for us to help them do so.
Once we can forget about ourselves, learn to serve others and lend a helping hand we will find riches that bring "joy unbelievable" and "love indescribable!" We will be walking on our "King's Highway!"