ONE LIFE ~
ONE MAN ~
ONE GOD ~
Martin Luther King, Jr (January 15,1929 - April 4,1968)
He was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil rights movement. A family man and wanted equal rights for everyone. Still human and I'm sure made mistakes just like each of us. He was willing to lead others into what was right and continues to do that after his death. Freedom isn't always free, but we can see how one life makes a difference.
I was a 13 years old, when I heard that Martin Luther King Jr went to Heaven. My heart was sad and I didn't understand the depth of his death. Little did I know that generation to generations, kids could continue to learn of such a great man and his willingness to make chance. I love that my granddaughter (Brookley who is in first grade) told me so many thing about Martin Luther King Jr. She listen closely to her teacher and how he help made changes. We had an opportunity to talk even more about him. A great man whose life still affects us and we have a day called, "Martin Luther King Jr Day". Giving honor to him and others who made a difference, plus continues to make a difference. A Baptist minster who taught the word of God and lead by example.
As we read the Bible:
1 Timothy 4:12 New International Version (NIV)
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
THE BIBLE SAYS:
2 Timothy 2:15 New International Version (NIV)
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Martin Luther King Jr said, "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
Friends, let us do our best daily to live a Jesus lifestyle. Forgiving and not forgetting to press toward doing what is right. I like statement of sticking with love. God knew that we would be brought together on this day to celebrate the life of one man and also learning from the past. You are important and your life was created by God too. Each of us have a time on earth and our example matters.
As I talk with others, I realize some people don't think their life is important. We might look at a leader or someone we look up too. We might compare our lives and wanting what they have. Walking in someone else's shoes is impossible. God didn't call you to be someone else, he created you to be you and your life is valuable. As I get older, I see how I had compared my life to others. I see how I had felt less of a person because I didn't have a minister's license or felt valued in ways. I have often felt like second best in life and never really feeling good enough in the past. Things happen in each of us lives that make us and mold us into greater people or bitter people. Be careful what you think about and how you view yourself. Today I view myself stronger than ever and continue to grow in God.
One things I learned from Martin Luther King Jr was pressing forward. He didn't stop doing what God called him to do. He fought battles that were hard and I'm sure only his family knew about. Yet, there are battles in our brains that only God knows about in our lives. Surrendering our will to God's will. Living the best example we know how to, not only for ourselves, but our families, friends and others.
I thank God today for Martin Luther King Jr life!
My prayers continue for his family. Giving honor to a man who went through far more than I know. He had a dream of freedom and made one of the greatest speeches in History "I HAVE A DREAM". He believed that we could live in a world where people had equal rights. Tearing down walls, believing big and pressing forward. It takes each of us to change our mindsets, into the mind of Christ. Martin Luther King Jr was walking out the intent of God's heart for his life and lead others by example.
I also thank God for you (readers of my blog). Live according to God's word and keep this scripture in mind: Philippians 3:14 New International Version (NIV)
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.