Monday, January 15, 2018

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today - with probably the weirdest timing ever - we celebrated this absolute champion of a man with a champion of a mission.

While the world stews about the ridiculously ignorant, vulgar, rude, ugly, narcissistic and racist comments from our "pretend leader" - we decided to take a break from using our voices (like we all should be doing) and spending some time reflecting on this amazing man that God built for a purpose.

When I look at him - I see each one of my kids in him...

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

I want my kids to feel empowered. Strong. Courageous. Bold.

"The time is always right to do what is right."

I want them to feel encouraged and inspired by REAL leaders - past or present - that they can look up to and emulate in their lives.

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

I want them to be strong advocates for justice - always willing to call out a wrong when they see it.

Today was a most excellent day to dig into those traits and characteristics - like we have done on this day EVERY year for as long as I can remember.

And at the end of the day - over prayer time as a family - we thanked God for making Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and filling him with the Spirit that he did - one willing to speak up when an obvious wrong was being played out.

We salute his courage.

We salute his boldness.

We salute his willingness to sacrifice everything - life included - to stand for what was right.

And we thank the Lord for him because he set things in motion for our family to even exist in this country.

We know we've come a long way - and this past few days alone have shown us just how far we have to go.

In the spirit of Dr. King, Jr - we will continue to stand, continue to fight, continue to use the tools and voices empowered to us to shed light on the ever-increasing darkness around us.

And we'll do it cautiously and carefully - knowing full well that:

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

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