Standing, Fighting, and Dreaming
Today, we celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Like many people, I believe this day should not only be about celebration, but about remembering, refocusing, and reexamining our own place and position in life. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a man who willingly and sacrificially stood up for the poor and helpless, fought against injustice with love, and dreamed for those who could not dream for themselves. In the heat of the Civil Rights battle, he could see the future of a brighter day. He knew that if he just kept at what he was called to do, one day, all his hard work would pay off. All the toil and sweat and tears would be worth it one day.
Martin Luther King, Jr. did not sit idly by, watch things happen, and then criticize others for not doing enough. He stepped out by faith, took up the mantle for the cause of love and nonviolence, and choice to make a difference in the world and in the lives of everyday people. He once said that “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life exemplified his concern for others who suffered cruel injustices at the hands of an evil society. His love for God and others was the force that kept him getting up everyday to stand for something, fight for someone, and dream of a better and brighter day.
On this 84th birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., we should ask ourselves the same thing he obviously asked himself over and over again, “What are you doing for others?” Are you standing for something in life? Have you risen above yourself to look out and do something about the needs of suffering humanity? Are you fighting for what is right, just, and good? Are you dreaming just for yourself? Or are you dreaming for someone else who can’t dream for themselves?
Life is about others. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood, fought, and dreamed for others. We, too, should follow his example and do likewise.