Saturday, April 4, 2009
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we remember your sacrifice.
Forty one years ago today, an honorable man was gunned down. But his life was not in vain. I recently heard someone define success as "living your life for something that outlives you." Here we are 41 years later, and we still celebrate Dr. King. We still discuss his dream. And we still get inspired when we listen to his speeches. I would say his life has outlived him.
He certainly was not without controversy, however. The words he spoke were inflammatory, straight-forward, and poignant. He pointed his finger in the face of the leaders of the day and challenged them to do the right thing. Today, so many are so interested in being politically correct, they don't want to speak up and call right, right and wrong, wrong. And some don't want you to do so either. They probably wouldn't have liked Dr. King very much.
One of the most fascinating things about him is that the day before his assassination, he seemed to know his life would soon end. His last speech suggests this. He declared that he, like all of us, would like to live a long life, but that this was no longer his focus. He said, "I just want to do God's will." I pray that this is the cry of all our hearts as well. I know it's mine.