Just a few days ago, we celebrated what would’ve been the 84th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 21, 2013, the nation will officially observe the birthday of Dr. King, which will also coinside with the second Inauguration of President Barack Obama. This is definitely a pivotal moment in history. And although we still have a long way to go, I have every reason to believe that Dr. King is smiling down at how far we have come.
About a year ago I took the kids to see the Martin Luther King Memorial in DC (if you haven’t been there, you should definitely put it on your to-do list the next time you’re in the city). One of my favorite quotes that is used in the memorial is, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at the times of challenge and controversy.” It’s so easy to go whichever way the wind blows, or to choose what is popular just to avoid conflict and controversy. We’re faced with it in some capacity on a daily basis. But when you stand up for what’s right regardless of how popular it is, that is the true test of your character.
Even as dangerous as it was back then, Dr. King held his head high in the midst of the many challenges he faced on a daily basis. He literally placed himself and his family in the line of fire, in order to continue the work that he knew was right. In many ways, President Obama has carried out Dr. King’s legacy in the manner in which he has led (and will continue to lead) this country. How fitting it is, that the President will be sworn in using the very bible that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once carried around with him. Regardless of political beliefs or affiliations, one thing is for sure: this is a profound moment in history, and one that we should all be proud of.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed…”
What is your dream for the world we live in today?
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