When anyone celebrates their 60th anniversary, it’s a big deal. However, most people don’t get the special treatment enjoyed by Queen Elizabeth II on her 60th anniversary as monarch of the United Kingdom — and she deserves it, because she is the longest-lived and second-longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history. For the queen’s birthday in April, the British luxury carmaker Bentley designed a special edition of its Mulliner four-door limousine called the Diamond Jubilee. They showed off the car at the Beijing Auto Show.

Also to mark the special occasion, celebrations were held throughout Great Britain and all of her territories. Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, toured the United Kingdom, and her children and grandchildren represented her in the other Commonwealth territories. On June 4th, jubilee beacons were lit around the world to honor Elizabeth II.

Every culture in the world has traditions which have been passed down over the years from generation to generation. Traditions are good; but if we’re not careful, we can begin to focus on them instead of the principle behind them. This is especially true of religious traditions. Baptism, communion, church attendance, and even tithes and offerings may lose their significance to us over time — or we may give them too much emphasis so they are seen as necessary for salvation. We have to learn to keep things in proper perspective by reading God’s Word.

You won’t find anything in the Bible which talks about whether your church should do an annual potluck, fish fry, or spaghetti dinner. Nor will you find a chapter and verse which says you should read “x” amount of verses in your Bible each day or that you should pray “x” amount of minutes at a time. But you will find Scripture which tells you to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Build your traditions upon the Word of God, and they will become more meaningful — not less — over time.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder