Today is Monday, January 15th, 2017. Today, you have the opportunity to make an impact on the world around you. The people you know. The work place. The neighbors. Your family. And more. The strangers in the store. The guys at the gas station. The people delivering your mail. You have the chance to make their day better. Maybe their life.
One of the greatest men to ever be called American in the last 100 years was Martin Luther King Jr. He wasn’t a politician. He wasn’t just some preacher. He was in love with Americans. Black, white, yellow, red… Purple! He was in love with freedom. He was in love with Jesus.
“I have to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
And, appropriately, we celebrate his life today. Appropriately, it is a National Holiday. As much a holiday as Washington or Lincolns birthdays. But, I think if he were alive, he might want us to remember something.
We put men like him on a pedestal. Especially after they have died. But to truly learn from these men who have done so much, we must take their example and pass it along.
“Free at last. Free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!”
You don’t need to lead a country to make a difference. You don’t have to have a podium in front of the Lincoln Memorial to be gracious and loving. You don’t need the attention of millions of people or have a holiday named for you.
Mr. King was never looking for that. He was never looking to become an icon that millions would idolize. He was real. He was legitimate. He was average Joe who decided what was happening was not okay. He was you and I.
“I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Hollywood and DC want you to think you have to be like them to make a difference in your world. The truth is, you have to be you. You have to be the person God designed you to be. I believe that more than anything about Mr. King. You want to impact the world like he did, follow the One he followed.
“I have a dream…”