Sweetboy commented to me, this morning, “Mama, it doesn’t really feel like Martin Luther King Jr. Day to me today.”
To which, obviously, I replied, “Well, what is Martin Luther King Jr. Day supposed to feel like?”
I readied myself for any number of Sweetboy-ish types of possible responses. But not this one:
“No one at school really talked about it. You know… like did projects and stuff.”
That hit me a like a sucker-punch to the gut. We are, and there’s no denying it, a Caucasian family. Blonde hair and blue or green eyes for the whole lot of us. We are, also admittedly, defiantly hopeful.
And to me, that message of hope for a brighter tomorrow for all of God’s children, is vitally important. We ask ourselves, as often as we can pull ourselves out of our own messes, what we could be doing to help others. It’s not as often as we’d like, mind you. But, it’s one of our family’s intentions – improve the life of someone, anyone, however and whenever you get the chance.
Martin Luther King Jr. was endowed with a foresight and brilliance that I’m not sure that this generation really truly understands. One of his less famous quotes is one of my favorite quotes of all time.
“We must rapidly begin the shift from a ‘thing-oriented’ society to a ‘person-oriented’ society.” –Martin Luther King, Jr
That is my hope today, as I remember this amazing man’s dream for us all. That we will indeed consider the people that make up our society. Those oh-so-fortunate and needing encouragement, those not-at-all fortunate and needing encouragement, and everyone in between!
We are reminded of this, by the same God MLK Jr. believed in, in His Word over and over. “Here is a simple, rule-of-thumb guide for behavior: Ask yourself what you want people to do for you, then grab the initiative and do it for them.” from Matthew 7:12,(The Message) sums it up beautifully.
And that we’ll make every effort to talk about it. All year long; and certainly not just on one day. Or worse, not at all.
What is your favorite quote from Martin Luther King Jr.?