As we celebrate the birthday of a phenomenal man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., there is so much we can take from the example he was, his life, and what he stood for. He was a person who stood for justice, equality, peace, and so much more. At different stages of my own life, there are things about him that I embraced and spoke to me, causes my life would impact, and the person I would become.
In a previous post, I shared how last year I read his book “Strength To Love”. One of the things that reading this book allowed me to see in myself was an incredible capacity to love. Even though it’s something I’ve always known as God-given gift, I really began to embrace and live a life of loving despite anything, loving all people. I began to have a greater understanding of Dr. King and how he was able to choose LOVE in every instance and circumstance, despite hate, persecution, and oppression.
Imagine a world where everyone chose to love, to act in love, not just their family and friends, but people they don’t even know, people that have hurt them, people that don’t like or hate them.
I know it may seem impossible, but to even begin to take it on in small ways would slowing begin to change the world we live in.
Tomorrow I have a court date with individuals that stole my car this past December. Though I do feel that we all should deal with the consequences of our actions, honestly I’m not so quick to think just lock them up and throw away the key. (There are a few other issues around my thoughts on that but I won’t go into right now). Even those brothers, that did that to me, I love, I pray for, I want them to succeed in life. I don’t agree with what they did, but I don’t hate or harbor disdain for them either. Maybe I’ll have a chance to sit and talk or get an idea of why and where their heads are and speak a word of encouragement to them. However, at the end of the day I believe acting in and putting out into the world the spirit of love, will go much further and bring us all closer to being the great people we are meant to be.
This is why I feel Dr. King was so amazing. He understood and died for the fact that it is LOVE that is our ultimate reality, what we seek, what we desire at the core of our being to experience in the life we are given. It is the gift that God’s given us that we are continually seeking, embracing, and driving us and our very lives. Unfortunately, not everyone has been able to experience it, don’t realize they already have it within themselves, don’t see, seek or share it with EVERYONE else and in ALL situations, and that is why we have a world that chooses fear, harm, inequality, hate, and war as alternatives. We have yet to recognize and be the gift that we already are.
And if there is anything that I feel we can take from the life of Dr. King, we can see, share, and be that which we are…the gift of LOVE.