The word duty brings to mind different thoughts for different people. What do you think about when you hear that word? Winston Churchill talked about all the great things being simple. He must have thought duty was important because he equated it with justice, honor, mercy, freedom, and hope.

This fourth of July I think Mahatma Gandhi said it best, “Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.” “Infinite striving?” What does that mean? It probably means that it is our duty to strive forever to be the best we can be – – – – forever – – – – as long as we live.

What do you consider your most important duty? My answer to that question would be: “It is my duty to be better today than I was yesterday, and better tomorrow than I am today.”

Matt Knisely

Matt Knisely is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, creative director, and author who loves telling stories of the extraordinary. Make sure you check out his book Framing Faith, it helps connect the seemingly unconnected, see the beauty right in front of us, and revealing how to be present in the moment.

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