I Have A Dream

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal.’..

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Today we celebrate the amazing man who gave this stirring speech more than 50 years ago — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  He was peaceful in his mission to have all people treated the same.  I admire so much about him and realize that so much must still be done.

Dr. King was an amazing speaker, pastor, activist, and humanitarian.  He did so much to help bridge the gap between people.   He was for love, not hate, he was for civil disobedience, not violence, and he was for kindness not judgement of others.  May we all live this way.

He is one of my favorite speakers ever and there are so many quotes that he said that are wonderful.  His words are moving and a call to action.  I am sharing some of them at the end of this blog.

I grew up being taught to love others and treat all people with respect.  I am thankful for that.  Kirk and I are teaching Ian to live the same way.  I love that he doesn’t see a person’s color or a particular religion, but instead sees a friend — a boy or girl he can talk with and play with.  Children are amazing like that.  I hope that we can learn from them.

In today’s world, some people have trouble with someone else’s skin color and others with someone else’s religion.  This continues to baffle me and trouble me.  How can we still be so hateful to others who are different than ourselves?  How can we make snap judgements just because someone has different hair or skin color or worships differently?  Just because they are different, does that make them bad or wrong?  I don’t think so.

In all races and religions there are good people and there are bad people.  My prayer is that the good will outweigh the bad and that we can spread kindness.  I pray that we can remember to love one another as Christ has loved us, or as the Golden Rule has taught us.  May we drive out hate and distrust with kindness and compassion.  May we support and love each other.

Here are a few of Dr. King’s quotes:

  • “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.
  • I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.
  • Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
  • Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
  • If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you to go on in spite of all.  And so today I still have a dream.   
  • The time is always right to do what is right.
  • Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
  • Life’s most persistent and urgent question is “What are you doing for others?”
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
  • Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
  • We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
  • A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

May we love as Dr. King loved, may we speak up as he did, and may we remember to always be kind to each other.

What a Day!

Today is the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  It is also Inauguration Day for President Obama.

According to the news, 1 million people are expected to be in Washington, D.C. to see our first African-American President be sworn into office for his second term.  I wonder if that many people will actually be there on this cold January day?

He will be using a Bible of Dr. King’s as well as Abraham Lincoln’s.  That is very cool and an amazing part of history, since both of these men helped make today possible.

I look forward to watching the speech, seeing all of the people, and watching the parade as well.  Will you be tuning in?

Dr. King was quite a speaker and had a real way with words.  Do his words inspire you as they do me?

Here are a few of my favorites:

  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
  • “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
  • “I have decided to stick with love.  Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  • “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”