- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There are so many words, not the least of which was "I HAVE A DREAM..."
Dr. King had a VISION.
He could SEE the possibilities... He could envision a different world. One where 'the house would not be divided' but where all would be judged by "the content of their character."
What is the content of our character?
Who have we become as a 'people?' What is it that Americans represent in the world today? Who are you to your boss, your coworkers or staff? to the parking attendant or waiter? to your child's teacher or coach?
Are you someone different in church on Sunday than you are at lunch on Tuesday?
What matters to you?
Are you a person of integrity? one that respects all and demonstrates humility and grace by allowing others to maintain their dignity in difficult times?
Who are you?
How would you describe the 'content of your character?' On a day like today, it's important to reflect. We honor the legacy we have been blessed to have in our country by challenging ourselves to BE better... not with haughty pride... but with grace and a heart full of love.
Are you willing to serve?
Service can take on many forms. I believe that there is a part of each of us that was designed to serve... that somehow God built in a need to give back, to contribute, to do something unselfish that will help or serve others - whether it is through our natural talents or simply our time. Those that are the most FULFILLED in their lives will tell you it is because they are giving back and doing something they LOVE.
When we take the time to reflect on days such as today - especially given the tragedy this past week in Arizona - it's good to think about these questions. It's good to ask ourselves what truly matters to us and why?
We all have been given the power to OVERCOME. To overcome our fears. To overcome adversity and sorrow and separation. To overcome confusion or pain. To simply overcome... We have been called to be "more than conquerors" (Rom 8:35-7).
What is your vision today?
Do you have a goal - just for today? If not, think of ONE thing you can do for yourself and one thing you can do this week to serve another - outside your normal routine.
Know that we can all change our world by first changing ourselves.
Choose to believe in your dream today.Honor it by allowing yourself the space to SEE your own Vision... and be inspired by what you SEE. Then remind yourself, you cannot be satisfied until you move forward - even when it's one small step at a time.
Thank you, Dr. King for our soul's challenge, today and everyday.
THINK. WRITE. BELIEVE. ACT.