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Deep down, most people have dreams - they may be forgotten, unspoken, or unrealized - but they are there. I want to help you remember and believe in them again...

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Content of our Character

"  Everyone can be great because anyone can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't even have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love...
 - 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.



Anonymous said...

Our actions, positive or negative, are like boomerangs, when we throw them to the world, they come right back to us and with more intensity. But some don’t make the connection of the cause-effect.
It’s interesting when we give something positive, because it feels good and that’s the boomerang effect. Our feelings are the compass that guides us.
We all have at least one talent, something that we are good doing, that’s the most rewarding giving effect, because what we do we enjoy and at the same time it provides something to others which they need or enjoy as well. It’s a win-win situation which makes it very easy to do.
Some follow their need of doing what they love even without fulfilling their basics needs, they are the brave ones, and some others are more conservatives and need to fulfill their basics needs first then follow what they love to do. It is never too late..., let’s start now.

Angela said...

Very well said...

So much in life is triggered by our own actions or lack thereof. As we take time to think through the things we need, the things we want and then begin to believe they can happen - we unleash the positive power to make them real.

The rest becomes timing.

bissell proheat said...

what we need is positive thinking. we couldn't get anything if we doesn't think positively. even if something is hard to grab, we should believe and think that we will get it soon. this will push us to move forward and forward until we get what we want.