What lesson is there for a privileged white girl on Martin Luther King Jr Day?
I am embarrassed that I don’t know many details of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. (My husband would add many other historical events and persons to this list.) History just didn’t stick in high school. I’m not sure why. But I care about knowledge now. So when something historical comes across my table and I realize I don’t know much, I fix it.
Today Jovie had questions about the man of the day, so I needed answers. For her. And for myself.
I’ve talked with them recently about 1 Samuel 16:7, and how it says “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart.”
I confirmed with her that MLKjr loved Jesus and knew that what someone looked like didn’t matter. I told her that Dr. King believed souls matter, love matters, peace matters and he stood up for what he believed.
I read that the day before he was murdered, he gave a speech called, “I’ve been to the mountain top.” And I’m so encouraged and convicted by some of his last public words.
“I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop. And like anybody, I would like to live a long life… But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will.”
Cue full body goosebumps. As if his life didn’t scream sacrifice, his final words dropped the mic on priorities. I’ve heard it said before that we have the same hours in the day as Beyoncé. Dare I add… we have access to the same God breathed words in scripture as Martin Luther King Jr?
Bible says: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you… John 13:34
MLKjr says: Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?
So today I ask my white daughter (and myself) what are we doing with those same words?
I am thankful on this day for the example of a man that loved God and loved others… more than himself, more than his safety, more than his security, more than his comfort, more than his life.
Happy birthday, Dr. King!