Even as a little kid, the writing and speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. resonated with me. His talk about love and hate. Peaceful revolution. The longing for the dream of equality to be lived out in reality. His bent toward justice. I would have loved to have met him, asked him questions, probed how this ordinary young man found the courage to say “yes” to putting himself in harms way and speak up at a time when he must have known it could cost him his life.
If you look at some of @shaunking ‘s Twitter posts from this morning you’ll see just how ordinary Dr. King was. We tend to magnify him into some unreal, unreachable model of a man. Sometimes I think we do that to people to keep us from taking our own place in history. If they are these huge icons then we get a pass. If they are like us, we have a new standard.
My hope is that we would see ourselves stepping into the legacy of Dr. King and many others throughout history who said “yes” to opportunities in front of them to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with their God. It is easy to look at the problems in the world and see how big they are and to feel inadequate; to feel overwhelmed. Or to be angry and wonder why someone isn’t doing something! Or to think if I am able to do something to relieve suffering and bring justice it will be someday. I want to encourage you, YOU are the someone and TODAY is the day!
“Strength to Love” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I Have A Dream – Writings and Speeches” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
“Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.” From Strength to Love
“Hate is rooted in fear. The only cure for fear-hate is love.” From Strength to Love
“Man, by his own power can never cast evil from the world.” From Strength to Love