Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Tomorrow is the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Living in Memphis, I feel this day is an important day to consider where we have come and how far we have to go in eliminating racism in our society. Dr. King led the civil rights movement just 45 years ago, but in those 45 years – much has changed but there’s still much that needs to change.
 
Dr. King had a dream – God had given him a dream to see what many people thought was impossible in that day. But because he followed God and allowed Him to use His life, his dream changed history. What is your dream? What impossible thing do you want to see changed in your world?
 
I have a dream to see vulnerable children valued and cared for. I dream of poor children being taught how to live and work so they can change their futures. I dream of government leaders rising up out of corruption to lead their cities and countries to brighter futures. I dream of cities and countries strategically using their vast resources of land and people to become the head and not the tail, the lender and not the borrower. Can it happen in 45 years? Maybe…look how far we’ve come with civil rights in this country. Change is not as difficult as we imagine. In fact, change is always happening it just matters which side of change you are on. Are you influencing good change or bad? As the church, we have to be a advocate of change. Look at what Dr. King said about the church:
 
“The church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963
 
We can see change come! It is possible, but it comes from a life surrendered to God and allowing Him to use it fully. It’s not going to be all comfort and fun, but it will be worth it! I’m sure Dr. King would say it was worth it. He counted the cost and knew what was at stake. So what is your dream? What can you do to see change come?
 
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963
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One response to “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. was indeed a great man. His legacy goes beyond racial equality. He had transformed the landscape of our society.

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