Celebrating moral courage

As we take time to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr today I can’t help but reflect on the impact he has had on my own life, especially this last year.

We’ve all heard his “I have a dream” speech and know that he fought for justice at one of the darkest times in American history. What I hadn’t experienced before was the pastoral side of Martin Luther King Jr.

This past year I read a great collection of Martin Luther King Jr sermons and was deeply moved by his faith. For him life wasn’t just about civil rights, it was about doing what God had called him to do.

He followed this calling even when his life was being threatened daily, his family threatened, his house bombed, things that we can’t even begin to comprehend. And ultimately he gave his life for that calling. Who lives like that today?

In my 37 years on earth and 17 years of working I can say honestly I’ve never felt “called” to do what I was doing…until now. I have these moments when I realize that everything that has happened up until now is in fact for this moment. The calling to help starving kids is simply too loud for me to ignore.

This transition to work on Stop SAM has been rough over the last three months, December literally brought me to my knees. It was the words from Martin Luther King Jr in a clip talking about “moral courage” that got me through.

Though things go wrong, and things get hard I’m going on anyways. I’m standing up for starving children who have no voice. I’m standing up and presenting hope to a world that we can in fact make a difference. I’m doing the thing I must do. I’m doing what God has called me to do.

I celebrate Martin Luther King for his commitment to civil rights and all of humanity, for the love he shared despite unbelievable hardships. I celebrate him for the great example he set at living a Christian life. Well done good and faithful servant.

Two addition sermons:

The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life
The Drum Major Instinct

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