Celebrating Dr. King by Juli Wilson
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today, the world celebrates and remembers the incredible, tireless work Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dedicated his life to. He was a fighter, but not in a harmful way—no, not even close. He fought for human rights. For dignity. For equality. For Justice. And because of him, the world we live in today is full of possibilities for ALL people.
Not only did he stand up to those pouring out hate and filth into the world, he also stood up for those who were oppressed, cast out and ripped of their humanity. He didn’t buy the lie of “this is just how it is.”, he worked for a better world, for a better tomorrow. Where did he find this strength? How did he muster up so much courage? In God alone. His passion for God fueled him, and it was that same passion that gave him a love for people—all people, regardless of their race or social status. He didn’t sit by on the sidelines, waiting for someone else to change things, someday, somehow. He stepped up. He decided it was time to do something for others, even if that meant throwing himself into the front line of battle.
When I look back on his life, I’m reminded of the tremendous opportunity and ability we all have to change the world, for the better. If we’re willing, there is no limit to what God can do through us, to help others who are struggling and need a helping hand to pull them back up. As Dr. King said, the most important question is, “What are you doing for others?” Think on that today. How are you personally lifting others up—supporting them, praying for them, loving them? Love doesn’t have to be outrageous, it just has to be intentional. Make that phone call. Stand up to injustices. Use your voice. For God, and for those who went before us who were brave enough to fight for us to HAVE a voice in this world.
We celebrate you today, Dr. King, and we march on behind you in the fight for good. The fight for God. The fight for a better world, a brighter tomorrow.