Martin Luther King Day:
the third Monday in January observed as a legal holiday in some states of the U.S.
ONE MAN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE ~
Born 1929 and Assassinated 1968
Famous Speech: I Have a Dream
I can remember 1968 so well. I was 13 years old and in the hospital getting my tonsils out. I heard people talking about the death of Martin Luther King Jr and how someone killed him. It was on the news and showed the violence across our country. I went back to school to find a different world and angry kids. As life moved forward, I would begin to understand more. I knew that he was a great man who made great changes in life. His memories carries on generations later.
I am a grandmother now and my granddaughters told me so much about Martin Luther King Jr. Their teachers told the history of him and they listened closely. They knew he was a minister of God and wanted all people to be treated equal. He was also a peacemaker. One of them said, "that's the way life should be Grammie". We had a chance to talk ever more about how one life makes a difference. How God created us for purpose and doing the right thing in life, is just right!
Matthew 5:9 New International Version (NIV)Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV)For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
The speech, "I HAVE A DREAM" stands true today. Teachers continue to educate kids in schools and churches about one man that stood up for what was right. I was talking with a girl who is in 5th grade and her class memorize the first part of this speech. It was not the speech that got me, but the words of this girl. She said, "I wish people could only get along. If each of us would show kindness to others". She is right, our world continues to be full of anger in many ways and not everyone is nice. She continue to say, "if we all knew his speech in our hearts, we would each change".
Today I think about the great loss of his family, friends and our world. His memory lives on and one person can make a difference to their now and in history. Look at yourself for a moment. Maybe your platform of life isn't big like Martin Luther King Jr, but your platform is one day at a time. Living the best you can and to purpose to make a difference.
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 New International Version (NIV)
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We may not always understand the why of things in life or the timing of things. Our trust and hope must continue in God and our example matters too. Just like the verses say above, we look into a mirror and see that reflection, but one day we will stand with God and understand more. Let us not forget to live faith, hope and love daily.
My prayers continue for Martin Luther King Jr family, friends and the world. I value that you take time to read my blog and I care about you. My prayers are with you, your family and friends too. Let us continue to make a difference and let our light shine in doing the right thing in life. Service God with all our hearts, minds and soul.