Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that he shared with over 250,000 thousand people at the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. King understood his purpose. His dream was to bring peace among our nation. Dr. King was a man that stood for nonviolence. He was more than a man that just stood for nonviolence, he was a man that put his life on the line for is Dream to come to fruition. He wanted to help others see that he was not going to only talk about these things but live them out daily. Can you imagine eating dinner with your friend and out of nowhere a group of people came harassing you? Pulling on your clothes, hitting you, and throwing your food on the ground. At that time and moment you have to choose how to respond in this situation.To respond back with violence is normal for any human being that does not have great self control. Jesus said in Luke 6:27 “to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate”. Dr. King did just that, he displayed nonviolence toward those who hated him.
My pretty lady and I had a chance to visit the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis Tennessee on October 23 2015, a day after our 4 year anniversary. We were able to be reminded of a great leader. A Great leader that once said…
“I have dream my four little children will live in a nation where they will not be
judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
I’ve always loved this line in his speech because it focuses on the interior of a person and not the exterior. As a little boy it stood out to me because I thought to myself, I want to be judged by my character and not my skin tone. I did not fully understand what it meant at the time, all I knew is that it had to be important if Martin Luther King Jr. wrote an entire speech about it.
Character is the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.
What is your character? Does it line up with Dr. King’s dream?
One thing I know for sure was that he wanted to see the United States united. He wanted to see all different types of people come together and love one another just like he dreamed. That change starts with you and me, What’s your purpose? I am not sure. I once heard that, in order to build a better America you must build a better you. You are not in control of the finish line but you are in control of the starting line.
Go and live a purposeful life and share this blog with someone else. Thanks for reading.