REVEREND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM ON MANY FRONTS
I have had the privilege of traveling to Washington DC and visiting many of our nation’s famous monuments. As I stood in front of countless marble remembrances and read the chiseled inscriptions, I found myself in awe. Who were these men and women who gave their lives in pursuit of freedom? Where did they find their courage? How could they sacrifice everything?
I know I will never have a statue created to remember my life’s contributions, but I will have a tombstone…and what will it say? How will I have fought my fight? Where will my courage take me?
Let’s consider 3 of Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous mantras and how each could make us a bolder freedom fighter:
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Silence is merely agreement. My unique voice will be used for what I deem valuable and important because my soul shouts for what I am passionate about. I cannot remain stoic or quiet in regards to what I am consumed by.
- What matters to you? What really matters in light of eternity?
- Then ask those closest to you what you are most vocal about. The answers should be the same.
- If not, what needs to change?
“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
I am striving to live by a new rule. It goes like this — do what is right and then deal with the consequences. I no longer want to make decisions based upon what the outcome will bring…no longer based on how others might react…no longer based on the excuse that it doesn’t change anything anyway. This is especially hard in relationships, but if I am to be true to myself, then I will do what is right and affirm my core values.
- Ask yourself some questions and don’t let yourself off the hook – find the answer for each one:
- Why do I need to feel safe?
- Why do I need to be popular with those important to me?
- Why do I need to be seen as politically correct?
“I have a dream.”
You have a dream too and, like King’s, it’s been given to you by your Creator. Your dream is what makes your influence unique. You see, we all have the same purpose according to Scripture — to bring God glory. But how we go about doing that is completely individualized and original. No one else could ever live out your dream the way you can. So, no pressure, but the world literally needs you to live up to your greatness for His glory!
- Do you know your dream?
- Are you living it out?
- Is it God-sized? This means that you could never accomplish it on your own.
Freedom fighters will not remain silent.
Freedom fighters do what is right.
Freedom fighters have dreams that won’t let them go.
Almighty God, I don’t type these words lightly. They are the hunger of my heart. Strengthen me to be who You called me to be. For Your glory alone, amen.